Extended Project Qualification

The EPQ is the perfect platform to allow students to develop the skills and personal attributes that will make them more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen careers. EPQ is focused on research, critical evaluation and project management skills valued by Universities and employers alike.

The Extended Project gives students the freedom and time to explore an idea that interests them. It is an opportunity to pursue and research something they feel passionate about. Students will be taught project management and degree level research skills, which they will evidence through the management of their own project.

We have supervised EPQ’s that ask scientific questions such as, ‘How will the world end?’. Projects that are creative involving fashion-wear, portrait paintings and magazine publishing. Projects that discuss deeply complex ethical issues. Each project is unique and tailored to the student who designs it. It acts as a platform in which they can extend existing skills and develop new ones. The EPQ is optional, but we believe it benefits every student and we recommend all students take it.

Next Steps

EPQ students come to the course from every subject in the College. There isn’t a route or avenue that EPQ doesn’t benefit. We think it is excellent preparation for both further academic study and entering the working world. In recent years many universities have lowered their offers to students who have obtained a good grade in EPQ. The feedback we get from former students of EPQ is that it was hugely beneficial.


Previous Examples of Student Projects

  • Building a computer 
  • Composing and performing music 
  • Writing a cookery book
  • An illustrated children’s book about Rosa Parks 
  • A film exploring Instagram and body image
  • A dissertation exploring the origins of stars 
  • A dissertation exploring the treatment of black people in the justice system 
  • A painting exploring women through history

What does it involve?

  • It’s an optional one-year course, completed between September and Easter during Year 12.
  • It’s worth up to 28 UCAS points.
  • Students will complete either a dissertation or an artefact.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements of a minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 4-9

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