Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

A Level

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About the course…

Is there a topic that you are passionate about and would like to explore in more detail? Maybe you want to research why people commit a crime, or look into how we could tackle the climate crisis we face today.

Whatever your interests are, you can explore these further, while gaining a qualification and UCAS points, through completing the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

The EPQ can be taken alongside any courses, and involves completing a personal research project that is driven by your own independence and love for a subject. You can either create something – a piece of art, book, teaching resource, music video etc. –  or write a report that answers your research question.

Why study with us…

  • The EPQ will help your university application to stand out. Some universities may even lower their typical offer if you achieve a particular grade in an EPQ.
  • You will be taught by teachers and supervisors who have a background in research and have an excellent track record of providing a great learning experience, leading to high percentage of A*-B grades.
  • You will visit local universities and gain experience of study skills that all universities look for in applications. These skills will also help you to be successful in your other subjects.

Where the Extended Project Qualification can take you…

The emphasis throughout this course will be on developing your independent research, study and presentation skills, culminating in the completion of a piece of independent research by you on a topic of your choice. These skills are highly valued by universities and employers. 

It shows you can undertake independent research, which is necessary for all students at university and helps to bridge the gap between sixth form and degree-level study.

Entry requirements…

  • Grade 5 in English Language
  • Four GCSEs at grade 4-9

Course Alumni

Rebecca Hawes

Studied: EPQ, Biology, History and Psychology

Next Steps: Studying Midwifery at the University of East Anglia

I loved doing the EPQ as I could relate my project to my career aspirations.