EPQ – EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION

LEVEL: 3
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
TYPE OF STUDY: SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 100% IN 2018

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a research project that aims to support your personal aspirations for higher education and career development. The higher level skills you develop and the ability to work independently are skills highly valued by universities and employers.

If you choose to do this project you have the option of producing a 5000 word written report or a project product and will be required to prepare and deliver a presentation of your findings.

You will develop and improve your learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners by building skills in planning, in-depth research, referencing, critical analysis, decision making, evaluation of your own performance and giving a presentation.

The qualification also allows opportunities to use your work experience.

The EPQ is worth half of an A Level at A2 standard and has up to 56 UCAS points (grade 9/A*). EPQ classes start at the end of year 1 and end by the end of the Autumn term in year 2.

Many of our students choose to study a topic they wish to study at university. However, what you focus on is up to you, examples of project titles include:

  • “Was Mathematics invented or discovered?”
  • “Why should we have a vegan diet?”
  • “What is the major theory for why we dream?”
  • “Should we allow the giant panda to become extinct?”

This is a course for second year students following discussion with their tutor.

Can I study what I want? 

Yes, you may choose what you are interested in, as long as it meets the assessment criteria and show the learning and application of new skills. The EPQ may take the form of a research based report, a production or an artefact.

Are there timetabled lessons?

Independent study takes place in timetabled lessons with the delivery of taught skills and opportunities for supervisor meetings.