Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The EPQ is an option for students at the end of Year 12.  The course runs to February of Year 13.


What does the course aim to do?

The EPQ allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual 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
  • learn to apply new technologies confidently
  • demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.


What will I be studying?

The EPQ is an independently-researched project on a topic chosen by the student.

At the end of Year 12, all students, during their General Studies lessons, will cover a programme of study skills to prepare them for the EPQ.

In Year 13, students taking the EPQ will have one meeting each week with their supervisor, who will keep track of their progress and offer them advice.


How will I be assessed?

The EPQ consists of:

·         a product (report, artefact or performance)

·         a Production Log, which shows the processes involved in the EPQ

·         a presentation.

The EPQ will be submitted for marking in February of Year 13.  It is marked at an A2 standard (grades A* to E) and is worth half an A2 level.


Why should I take the EPQ?

Universities are looking for students who are independent learners; the EPQ is proof of this.  Many universities take the EPQ into account when making offers or deciding between candidates.  On results day, many universities are able to offer a place to a student who has just missed their grade requirements, but has an A or A* in the EPQ.

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