Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a Level 3 qualification that is equivalent to an AS Level. It differs from other Level 3 qualifications as it allows students to extend their learning in one of their chosen subject areas, or pick an area of interest and produce an extended project of approximately 5,000 words. In this sense, students are in control of the subject matter and where the qualification takes them. The course is taken under the supervision of a member of staff who helps the student to develop their independent learning skills.
How is the course structured and graded?
The EPQ does not have any exams however, students are required, with appropriate supervision, to: choose an area of interest; draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the teacher supervising the project; plan, research and carry out the project; deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience; provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment. For the final requirement students normally
produce a project log and a final evaluation. The final piece is graded like an AS Level.
Will this course be suitable for me?
Students who would suit this course would typically be very self-motivated as the research element is very much led by the individual. You must be able to sustain an interest in the subject chosen and be well disciplined in meeting deadlines for work. By its nature, this course will require a lot of writing.
What could this course lead to?
This course can supplement any application made to university and has UCAS points. It can demonstrate to employers that a student has a particular interest in specific areas, depending on the topic chosen. Students who have undertaken an EPQ will have demonstrated
certain transferable skills such as research and evaluation of sources etc.
There are no additional fees for this course
Comes with UCAS points