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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an opportunity for students to undertake a research project on any topic of their choosing, in a fully supervised context.

Students learn both about a subject in depth, and the whole process of planning, methodology, writing, referencing, and reviewing required for independent research.

The EPQ is worth the equivalent of half an A Level, and is taken in addition to A Level subjects, on a topic of the student's choosing. Most will research and complete an extended essay, but there is also the option to devise a performance, create a program, plan an event, or create a variety of other appropriate final products. The project outcome is only part of the process, which also teaches students to understand project planning, reflect on their projects, and give a presentation on their research. This is all fully supported by the EPQ coordinator, and by subject mentors. Students will not only develop by learning about their chosen topic and the skills to research it, but also by learning about their own capability for planning, organisation, and independent learning.


Beyond The Course

The EPQ is excellent preparation for university, both as an addition to personal statements and interviews, and as an introduction to the skills required in higher education. It is looked upon very favourably by universities in particular, but also reflects skills required in the workplace, both in business and other careers.


The Extended Project is entirely flexible in approach as each learner is able to tailor their project to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations.

This qualification prescribes a clear structure comprising of two main parts that are closely intertwined: a taught element that introduces planning and writing skills, and an independent element for which students choose their own topic and produce their own project.

Learners will produce a portfolio that contains supporting evidence for each of the four assessment objectives, which must include at least one piece of extended written evidence. It must also include evidence of project management, research and development of the project, the final outcome(s), and on-going reviews of the project.

Learners are required to produce a presentation at the end of their project.


AQA Extended Project Qualification
We follow the syllabus for the AQA Extended Project Qualification, and it can be worth up to 28 UCAS points. The majority of the marks of this qualification are awarded for carefully documenting, in the student logbook, the process or “journey” behind the completion of a 5000-word essay and presentation.

The EPQ equips students with a range of crucial skills such as essay writing, referencing, source analysis, public speaking and time-management. All of these skills are immensely useful at university and beyond. The beauty of the course is that you can choose any topic you like as long as can find adequate academic content and sources to support your argument. We would encourage all students in L6th Form to seriously consider taking EPQ as it would boost their portfolio of academic and soft skills.


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