The EPQ provides you with the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification (weighted as half an A Level), by allowing you to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project of your choice.

You will be asked to independently choose a topic, plan, research and develop an idea and decide on your finished product. A finished product may take the form of a research based written report a production or an artefact.

Course content

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

You 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.

An EPQ enhances your study skills 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 your personal development, but also because it is highly valued by universities as evidence of the ability to engage in research, independent learning, and extended writing to explore an issue in some depth. In this way, EPQ can help you gain a competitive edge when applying to university.


Towards the end of your EPQ, you have the opportunity to attend an EPQ Gala evening. During this event, you will have the opportunity to present your project to staff, peers, friends and family.

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.