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