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Equivalent to half an A Level    AQA                                                 7993

Why choose the extended project qualification (EPQ)?

The EPQ is a highly enjoyable and fulfilling experience because you will explore an area that you are interested in. You will develop core study skills which will benefit you when you enter higher education or employment.

Results for the EPQ examinations over the last few years have been consistently high. The UCAS points gained from a successful EPQ can form a significant factor in gaining access to the university course of your choice.  Being successful in the project is likely to enhance your application to higher education or for a job.

What is the EPQ?

The extended project qualification (EPQ) is a process-based qualification. You will choose a topic, then plan, execute and report on the work. You must gather and submit evidence of your journey from idea to artefact. This involves independent research and learning and you will be taught relevant study skills to help you. These will include time management, organisational skills, critical analysis, research methodology, library skills, referencing and presentation skills. Your research is overseen and assessed by a project supervisor who will support you. However, the EPQ is your project and the supervisor will not tell you what to do but offer suggestions and advice throughout. Problem-solving and decision-making skills are part of the marking criteria.

What and how will I study?

You will choose a topic or area of interest to form an individual project and:

  • Identify and draft the main aims and objectives of this project.
  • Plan, research and carry out your project. During this research phase, you will apply certain organisational skills and strategies to fulfil your project objectives. You need to obtain and select information from a number of different sources, analyse data and show that you understand the complexities of the topic you have chosen. In some cases you will need to research and develop new skills and techniques.
  • Provide evidence of all stages of your project.
  • Reflect on your learning from completing the project.

How will I be assessed?

You will:

  • Produce a written report between 1000 and 5000 words.
  • Carry out a presentation about your project suitable for a non-specialist audience.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

No special entry requirements are required.