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Extended Project Qualification EPQ

Level 3

Qualification: Level 3 Extended Project

Duration: 1 year


What will I study?

The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) allows you to explore your own interests in a project that is planned, researched and written by you. Your project topic can be on something you have touched on in one of your A level courses or something personal and unrelated to your studies.

You will need to attend one lesson a week with your EPQ tutor, who will support you and guide you along the way. Then, in your independent study time, you will need to access learning, complete research and produce your EPQ. You are also responsible for managing the progress of your project in an activity log.

The EPQ will support you to develop many transferable and interdisciplinary skills such as time management skills, research skills and evaluation skills. It will also help you develop counter and alternative arguments and further enhance your academic writing ability.



You will be able to choose one of the two following pathways for your project:

  • A dissertation (a 6000 word written project)
  • An artefact (a 3000 word written project and the production of an accompanying artefact)

For both pathways, you will also be expected to submit an activity log and a self-evaluation, plus deliver a 10 minute presentation on your EPQ project towards the end of the course.


Entry Criteria

Successful completion of the summer project (to be completed in the summer break between Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth). You will also need to be on course to achieve or exceed your target grades as well as demonstrate you are committed to your studies through excellent attendance on your courses.


Useful Supporting Courses




This course will help you in any future career as it develops very valuable academic and employability skills. For example, you will become a better independent learner and you will also learn to apply technologies more confidently, a skill that most employers require.