The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a stand-alone qualification designed to extend and develop students’ skills in independent research and project
management. The EPQ is awarded UCAS points worth half an A Level and is recognised by universities and employers; some leading universities make alternative offers to students undertaking an EPQ.
The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by the other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an
artefact or a production. A student can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies.
What does it involve?
Students work independently with a staff supervisor for an hour a week to undertake a research project of their choice, producing either a 5,000 word
research project or an artefact supported by a 1,000 word research document. The assessment rewards the learning process over the final product; a
successful EPQ student will need the skills to work independently. All our students, no matter what their course of study, are able to add this qualification
to their programme.
Why study this subject?
The EPQ is an independent research project where you can learn about and begin to develop the higher level skills that are essential for university study. You can visit university libraries to gain an insight into the size and scale of them and to experience studying in that environment. The EPQ is increasingly popular with universities looking for candidates who can demonstrate their ability to conduct detailed, independent research in the manner that is expected of a higher education student.