We offer students the opportunity to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Level 3, on a topic of their choice.
The benefits to students of completing an EPQ include the following:
- Assists students with developing a passion for academic research and extending their learning
- The EPQ is equivalent to half an A-Level (up to 28 UCAS points)
- Provides evidence for the Personal Statement
- Provides discussion points for interview
- Students may get a lower offer from universities if they get a high grade in their EPQ
- Good preparation for university-style learning
- Provides an opportunity for independent research/study
What is it?
A single piece of work that allows students to study a topic in depth and develop independent research and study skills. It requires a high level of planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. The project should demonstrate extension of the student’s knowledge and understanding beyond A-Level study.
How is it viewed by Higher Education Institutions?
Universities are keen for students to develop skills in independent thinking, research, analytical skills, critical thinking, extended argumentation and essay writing. Competitive universities have indicated that possession of the EPQ will give students an advantage when applying for highly sought-after courses. The Russell Group has indicated that a high grade in the EPQ will be seen as a positive attribute when deciding between applicants with similar levels of overall achievement.
How are students supported?
The EPQ is essentially a ‘mini dissertation’ where students are ‘supervised’ rather than taught. Students are matched to a supervisor who meets them on a regular basis to offer guidance and support. Plenary sessions on research skills etc are delivered lecture-style to a number of students at once.
How is the EPQ assessed?
The project can be either:
- A written report of 5000 words
- A written report of 1000 words plus one of the following: an artefact, a recording of a performance or activity, a multimedia presentation, a slide presentation or a photographic record
In addition to the above, each student must keep a production log and present their project to an audience, about which they will be questioned in the form of a mini viva.