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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Key Staff:  Mr. G. Jones

Entry Requirements:

  • High level pass in chosen topic and good general GCSE performance.

Is this a new two year linear A Level Subject?  No

This is a one year course that promotes independent study.

It is assessed via a combination of coursework and formal presentation.

Key Points About The Course

What is an EPQ?

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your skills in independent research and project management.

Is it recognised by universities or employers?

The EPQ is awarded UCAS points worth half an A-level and is recognised by universities and employers.

How does the EPQ relate to a student's programme of study?

The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.

Are EPQs common?

30,000 students took the EPQ last year across all subject areas. Many EPQs are also interdisciplinary or in areas not typically studied at key stage 5.

The EPQ allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) students:

  • become more critical, reflective and independent learners
  • develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.