Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: AQA
The EPQ is offered in addition to a three A Level or a level 3 Extended Diploma programme. The course provides students with the opportunity to select a topic that they are particularly interested in and conduct both primary and secondary research. It may be carried out individually or as a group and can be practical or essay based. EPQ will develop and improve students’ own performance as critical, reflective and independent learners. The course also helps develop skills such as planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

Course Units

Component 01: Production Log
Component 02: Project Product (An Essay or Artefact)
Component 03: Presentation

Course Assessment

Students select a topic of their choice, design and carry out research and reflect on the project process. They are required to complete an essay (between 1,000-5,000 words), logbook and presentation for formal assessment.

This Course Can Lead To…

The EPQ is a highly valued and respected course which is designed to enhance the student’s ability to work independently through the development and utilisation of a series of academic skills, all of which are beneficial to future study and employment. For those looking to apply for university, this course provides excellent preparation for the kind of study required at degree level.

The EPQ is particularly beneficial for those applying to Oxbridge and other highly competitive universities.

Entry Requirements

7 GCSEs at grades 9-6, with a minimum of 4 at grades 9 -7, including English Language and Maths at grade 6 or above. All students wishing to follow a 4AL programme should have an average GCSE Score of at least 6.3.                         

Course Highlights

  • Study skills workshops delivered by a range of Universities
  • Trips to Universities 
  • Students often receive lower offers at competitive Universities if they achieve an A grade in EPQ.