The Extended Project Qualification

The EPQ has become extremely popular with Advanced Level students across the UK. In 2018/19, there were 38,000 EPQ projects submitted.
  • Pathway(s):
  • Advanced Level
  • Exam Board:
  • AQA

Entry Requirements

To complete the Extended project Qualification students need to be enrolled on an Advanced Level or Advanced Vocational course and have a minimum of a grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

What Will I Study?

It will involve extended autonomous work by the student. It will require in total 120 guided learning hours.

Students are required to:

  • Choose an area of interest
  • Draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the school
  • Plan, research and carry out the project
  • Deliver a presentation to an audience and answer questions about their project
  • Provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment

How Will I Be Assessed?

A project will need to include the following pieces of evidence:

  • A completed ‘production log’ which records the progress of the project. Most of the production log is completed by the student, though there are some sections where the supervisor or EPQ coordinator must add comments and marks
  • A completed work book showing all their research and development notes
  • A report on the project. This will either be 5,000 words or 1,000 depending on
    the type of project
  • No one piece of evidence is considered on its own. All pieces of evidence must be presented for a project to be assessed

What Could I Do Next?

The EPQ has become extremely popular with Advanced Level students across the UK. In 2018/19, there were 38,000 EPQ projects submitted.

Advanced Levels and Advanced Vocational courses are part of a well-established route to university education. However, the rapid growth of the EPQ suggests that it offers students an opportunity to develop unique and complementary skills, for example, in planning and undertaking a piece of independent work. Students can also investigate subjects of personal interest that may not be covered in more traditional qualifications.

Where Can I Get More Information?

You can get more information by speaking to the Extended Project Coordinator: Mr S. Mycock, Head of Sixth Form.

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