Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

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What will you be working towards?

Code UP21EP
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A Level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career.  It can also earn you extra UCAS points.  


The EPQ allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects.  By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) students: 

Become more critical, reflective and independent learners;   

Develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills;   

Increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills;   

Learn to apply new technologies confidently;   

Demonstrate creativity, initiative, and enterprise.   

Both universities and employers like the EPQ as it demonstrates that a student is capable of independent study.  Unlike national examinations – which are the same for everyone taking them – the EPQ provides the student with the opportunity to talk about something unique to themselves.  A well-chosen EPQ will have a clear link to either a career or a degree course – and therefore discussing the EPQ in an interview enables the student to distinguish themselves from the crowd.  It adds substance to any stated desire or interest.     

The EPQ takes place during Year 12

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's at grade 5 or above including Grade 6 in English Language and English Literature