The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic; plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product. As a subject, EPQ is recognised by Russell Group University and employers as a demonstration of desirable skills, including time management, project design and presenting complex information.
“EPQ enabled me to explore a topic that I found interesting and developed many skill, such as researching, analysing and utilising data. These skills will be crucial in my future career and also helped me to develop in my other A Level subjects.”
“EPQ enabled me to gain variety of skills that will help me at university. I think it helped me a lot with my essay writing and time management. It also gave me good methods of research and information gathering valuable to my A Levels”.
Students will study a taught element, covering research skills and academic writing, enabling them to develop their skills before embarking on independent research. Students are required, with appropriate supervision, to choose an area of interest; draft a title and aims of the project for formal; plan, research and carry out the project; deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience; and to provide evidence of all stages of project using ProjectQ.
At the end of the year the EPQ is submitted: this counts as half an A Level, not an AS and is given UCAS points to credit this as a substantial qualification. Students will create:
1 project – usually a 5,000 word essay on a topic of their choice
1 project log, demonstrating time management and critical reflection
1 presentation discussing the findings of their research and the skills they have developed during their EPQ
Future Opportunities And Careers
EPQ enables students to demonstrate skills that are highly sought after by universities and employers. The EPQ is currently graded A* to E and worth a maximum of 70 UCAS points, which is slightly more than an AS-Level (60 points). The EPQ goes well with a variety of different subjects as it enables students to build on their current option choices and future life goals.