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.