Extended Project Qualification
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The EPQ allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group 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.
Undertaking an EPQ can also deliver other benefits for students and schools, such as:
- boosting student recruitment by making your curriculum more attractive
- increasing student motivation by allowing them to study topics of personal interest
- enabling students to apply their new skills to other areas of study.
Exam Board: AQA
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your students’ skills in independent research and project management.
Assessment: Students will be required to submit either a 5000 word report or produce an artefact plus a 1000 word report. In both cases this would be followed with the delivery of a presentation on your project to a non-specialist audience.
Is it recognised by universities or employers?
The EPQ is awarded UCAS points worth half an A-level and is recognised by universities and employers; some leading universities, such as Southampton University, make alternative offers to students undertaking an EPQ.
How does the EPQ relate to a student’s programme of study?
The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their 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.