For those students achieving 5 or above in English we are offering the EPQ.

The EPQ is a qualification designed to extend and develop your skills in independent research and project management. The EPQ allows you to embark on a largely self-directed project, by taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project. You will be required to research your chosen topic thoroughly. As this is studied alongside your A levels/BTEC qualifications, you will have 3 just timetabled lessons with a supervisor over the fortnight to guide you through your project, the rest must be carried out independently.

Departmental Courses

Extended Project Qualification

Extended Project Qualification

The EPQ runs over one year and is normally taken in Year 12. The project consists of the 3 components;

  1. The written report/essay on your chosen topic (approx. 5000 words)
  2. Completion of online journal about journey through the project (Project Q)
  3. Presentation to class and supervisor about the EPQ project.

Why study an EPQ?

The EPQ is taken alongside 3 full A level or BTEC equivalent and is worth up to 28 UCAS points.

The skills pupils develop and show case during the EPQ are to;

  • 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
  • learn to apply new technologies confidently
  • demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.

There has been huge interest, particularly from Further Education institutions for students who have successfully completed the EPQ. Some university lower the entry requirements to their degree courses on competition of a successful project to students.


The EPQ is a coursework-based qualification, where students submit their projects for marking and moderation towards the end of the first year.

Contact for more Information:

Mrs N Godden (