About Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

What is an EPQ?

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a qualification worth half an A level. It is designed to extend and develop students’ skills in independent research and project management. Students carry out research on a topic that they have chosen. They may be inspired by something studied in class, by something that relates to a course they wish to study at university or by something completely unrelated to their studies. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production. Students present their findings to an audience at a presentation evening.  Their presentation skills, and ability to respond to questions asked by the audience, contribute to their overall assessment and grade.

How is the EPQ viewed by universities and employers? The EPQ is greatly valued by universities and employers. Students stand out for having researched a topic they are passionate about. It also supports the development of their independent learning skills and demonstrates that they can work on their own initiative, key skills for both Higher Education and employment. The EPQ is awarded the UCAS points of half an A-level.

Some leading universities make alternative offers to students undertaking an EPQ.

Lauren Peters, EPQ student “The skills that you develop are exactly the skills you need at university. I went into the interview with knowledge of my subject beyond my A-Level syllabus and it meant that I could talk about something that I was passionate about and that I’d really enjoyed doing. I think that genuine passion and enthusiasm comes across in the interview.      

EPQ at Eaton Bank Academy
Students at EBA have an outstanding EPQ experience. Writing about one of the 2018 candidates, the AQA Exam Board Moderator’s report stated The centre clearly understands and has implemented the correct procedures for delivering the EPQ and is to be congratulated for providing a supportive environment within which the candidate could develop their own ideas.  This is an EPQ in the spirit of what EPQ is designed for. A superb piece of work from a candidate well-supported by centre supervisor -they should be congratulated on their efforts.”

What skills do students gain?
By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project students:

  • become more critical, reflective and independent learners
  • develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • learn to apply new technologies confidently
  • demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.

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