Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Exam Board: AQA


The EPQ is offered as a free-standing project qualification which students can gain by exploring an area of personal interest, or an extension of something from a subject within their AS/A2 programme. The main value of the EPQ is that it’s an independent piece of work whereby students will receive some instructions but most of the project is self-guided. The award is open to students who have independent learning and good time management skills and are motivated to stretch and extend themselves. This qualification is equivalent to half an A Level.

Where does it lead to?

The EPQ will help you to demonstrate, both to Universities and future employers that you are able to work independently. The skills that you develop through the EPQ are excellent preparation for university-level study. Students can refer to the EPQ in their UCAS personal statements and at interviews to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for. Below is an example of the types of skills you will acquire during this qualification:

·         Working with others

·         Working to deadlines

·         Planning and management of a project

·         Decision making and problem solving

·         Presentation skills

·         Communication skills

 Course Detail:

The project consists of both taught element and independent work. We will organise the taught element for you which will include instructions on the skills necessary to complete the project which include, referencing and structuring.

You will be required to choose a topic and draft a title on which you will complete a 5000 word dissertation, followed by a presentation at the end of the project. Additionally you will also complete an Activity Log to document the project process as well as planning and carrying out your research.