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. 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.

Course content

COURSE DETAILS
The EPQ can be studied in the following ways:

Written Report
• 5000-word report
• Logbook
• Presentation

Artefact and Report
• Artefact
• 1000+ word report
• Logbook
• Presentation

Group Project
• Groups of up to 4
• Each member produces their own EPQ
• Logbook
• Presentation

HOW THE COURSE IS DELIVERED
Students will attend 1 x 70 minute lesson per week addressing the taught ‘skills’ necessary to the completion of the project. In addition to this, students will have 1 to 1 meetings with a Supervisor who will advise on the direction of the project. Outside of lessons, students will complete a lot of independent work, typically between 4-5 hours per week on average.

WHAT DOES THIS COURSE LEAD TO?
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.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PREPARE ME FOR THE 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.