Extended Project Qualification

In addition to their A level subjects, students can choose to do the EPQ. This course allows students to explore a particular topic that they are interested in, which may or may not be directly related to a student's main programme of study.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

Students embarking on this course must be self-motivated and willing to work independently. The EPQ is intended to encourage creativity and curiosity. A finished product may take the form of:

  • a research based written report
  • a production*, for example a charity event, fashion show or sports event
  • an artefact*, for example, a piece of art, a computer game or realised design

*A written report must accompany these options.


Students must record their project process in their Production Log, which will also be assessed. During the EPQ, the student will learn to:

  1. Manage – identify, design, plan and complete a project, applying organisational skills to meet their stated objectives.
  2. Use Resources – obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data and use it in a relevant manner.
  3. Develop and Realise – use a range of skills and make decisions that enable them to achieve their aims.
  4. Review – evaluate the outcome, including their learning and performance.
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"We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education." University of Cambridge
"The University of Southampton believes the EPQ offers an unparalleled introduction to the skills needed for students to thrive at leading UK universities like ours" University of Southampton