The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a level 3 research based project qualification equal to half an A level. Students carry out independent research in order to produce a 5000 report or create an artefact such as a computer programme, musical composition or experiment.
The EPQ is an addition to the A level provision at year 12. It is an optional extra and there are a limited number of places. Students apply for a place on the programme through a formal application process and places are awarded based on enthusiasm, work ethic and demonstration of study skills.
Why opt for the EPQ?
- Enhanced university application.
- Many universities will make reduced grade offers to students who have successfully completed the EPQ
- The EPQ is worth UCAS points
- Development of skills needed for higher education
- Higher level study skills that can be transferred to other A level subjects
What will it be like?
- There will be a one hour lesson per week. Study skills will be delivered during this time
- There will be time during the lessons to research and write the report
- Students will have regular meetings with their supervisor who will guide them through the process
- The programme runs from October to October each year.
Students will be assessed in the following areas:
- Managing a research project
- Use of resources
- Developing an idea
- Reviewing the process
The completed project will include:
- A research based report or production of an artefact
- The recording of progress and decision making in a production log
- Creation of a source analysis table
- Presenting the project findings to an audience of staff and peers