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Extended Project Qualification

What is an EPQ?

An EPQ allows students to embark on a self-directed and self-motivated project. Students choose a topic then plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product.

Creativity and curiosity is encouraged.   A project topic may be directly related to a student's main study programme, but should look beyond the specification. A finished product may take the form of :

  •     a research based written report
  •     a production* (eg charity event, fashion show or sports event etc)
  •     an artefact* (eg piece of art, a computer game or realised design).

*A written report must accompany these options.

Students must also record their project process in their Production Log. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Both the Production Log and Product will be assessed.

  • Your school or college will need to be registered to enter EPQ’s and will need to register you on the course.
  • You will be offered about 30 guided learning hours by your school or college, focusing on research, project management and other relevant skills.
  • Your project will be assessed by your tutor at the end of the course before submitting for grading.

Why should I take an EPQ?

EPQ's will be awarded UCAS points, decided by the grade given for your project, so they can help with University applications.  For over-subscribed university courses, EPQ's can be a very good way to prove your passion for your field of research.  Choosing a project that is in some way connected with a potential university course can be an excellent way to set you aside from other applicants.
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