Extended Project Qualification
Why do an EPQ?
The Extended Project Qualification is the chance for Students to undertake an extended, individual piece of research and writing on a topic of their own choice. It gives the students the opportunity to gain skills which are highly respected by university admission tutors as well as giving the student the chance to do some in-depth research into an area that they are particularly interested in. Planning, research, analysing and reflecting are all important skills needed in the EPQ. Candidates who finish their EPQs have a real sense of achievement and a greater confidence about going onto university and the demands of degree courses.
The EPQ grade counts as a stand-alone AS grade and is worth 70 UCAS points. Some universities have been known to give lower conditional offers if a student achieves highly in their EPQ. If the student is interviewed for their university place, the EPQ is a great opportunity to talk about a subject you know a lot about.
All students are offered the chance to do the EPQ whether they are doing A levels or a BTEC course. EPQs require motivation, hard work and time management, so if you have these skills the EPQ may be a suitable additional course for you.