Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)


What is an EPQ?

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an independent research project, which is recognised as a separate qualification.  It involves writing an essay of 5000 words, or creating a product, which might be anything from an art object to an iPhone app. As the project evolves, you must complete a production log to record specific stages of the project and this also contributes to your project result. The third component of the project is an oral presentation to a group of people. 

Generally, the whole process from start to finish takes about 120 hours. It is a formal 'level 3' qualification that attracts slightly higher UCAS Tariff points than a traditional AS-Level.  

You receive teaching and guidance to get you started, to help with planning and researching and presentation skills. You will meet regularly with a teacher who will be your EPQ supervisor who will give you support as you work through your chosen project. The project, which decides your result, will be marked by your supervisor. After which, the exam board 'moderates' their marks to check they are grading correctly.


What is the benefit of completing an EPQ?

The Extended Project Qualification teaches you some key high-level skills that individual A-level courses do not have time to include, and many students say it adds considerable interest to their sixth-form programme. 

Furthermore, there are several major benefits to completing an EPQ when it comes to applying to university. At its simplest EPQ helps you with UCAS points - EPQ is valued at 50% of a full A level in the UCAS tariff. EPQ provides very clear evidence of that you have interests and ability, which go beyond the A-Level curriculum. It demonstrates clearly that you are capable of undertaking the kind of independent reading, research, and essay writing that is the mainstay of most undergraduate degrees. 

The EPQ requires:

Further enquiries to Ms Mallen at k.mallen@stmarys.net


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