Extended Project Qualification

EPQ is an extra qualification, equivalent to half an A level and worth UCAS points. The EPQ is highly valued by University Admissions staff, who regard it as an excellent preparation for study at university.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    EPQ is intended to take students beyond their A Level studies, and consequently topics chosen for investigation should not be ones which are already being studied as part of conventional A Level courses.

    The course is available as one of the elective courses as part of the level 3 study programme.  It is suitable for students who are able to work independently, manage their time effectively and manage their workload to set deadlines.

    Entry Criteria

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board


    How the course is delivered

    The basic principles underlying EPQ are firstly that the focus of a project should be chosen by the student; secondly, that it is the responsibility of the student to undertake the research needed to complete the project; and thirdly, that the student should complete a production log recording the process by which the project was realised.

    The course is essentially defined by the student although each student will be guided by a member of the teaching staff.  Taught elements of the course include: Planning, Research skills, Quality of Evidence, Plagiarism, Referencing and Presentation Skills.

    The project culminates in the completion of the report (together with any artefact) in which the research findings are analysed, evaluated and fully referenced.  The final part of the production log is presentation of the student’s ‘EPQ Journey’.

    Examples of recent EPQ projects completed by our students include:

    • What is the significance of the neutrino experiments carried out at CERN?
    • Why did women in Britain gain the vote in 1918, and did it make any difference to women’s status?
    • How far have recent medical advances improved the lives of people who have cystic fibrosis?

    The EPQ can be studied in the following ways:

    Written Report

    • 5000 written report
    • Log book
    • Presentation

    Artefact and Report

    • Artefact
    • 1000+ word report
    • Log book
    • Presentation

    Group Project

    • Groups of up to 4
    • Each member produces their own EPQ
    • Log book
    • Presentation

     How the course is delivered?

    Students will attend 2 x 70 minute lessons per week.1 lesson per fortnight will address the taught ‘skills’ necessary to the completion of the project.  The remaining lessons will provide some of the time to complete the EPQ and also have time for one to one support with the Supervising member of teaching staff.

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    Think about what you find interesting (the influence of the Bauhaus movement,the photographic style of Henri Cartier-Bresson,the mathematical discoveries of Isaac Newton, the evidence which could be used to prove the existence of god, the auteur features of the films of Martin Scorsese, etc) and what you might want to work on for four months.You might even undertake some general reading to give you an initial feel for the subject – perhaps a biography or a more academic book.In this way you will be better prepared when you start the project formally.

  • Progression:

    EPQ enhances the study skills of students and provides students with the experience of independent learning which is characteristic of university study.  Gaining the EPQ qualification therefore is not only useful for the personal development of students, but also because it is highly valued by universities as evidence of the ability of students to engage in research, independent learning, and extended writing to explore an issue in some depth.  In this way, EPQ can help students gain a competitive edge when applying to university.

    “If you have the opportunity, then undertaking an EPQ is a good idea.  it develops your ability to study independently and helps make the transition from school to university.  As not everyone has the opportunity to do this, we won’t make an EPQ part of a formal offer but it’s undoubtedly of general educational value.  If you’re applying for a subject at Queens’ that you haven’t studied at school, an EPQ is a good way to demonstrate your interest and commitment. “

    Queens College, Cambridge


  • Course Showcase:

    Referencing your EPQ