The popular Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows students to extend their abilities beyond the A Level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career. It is worth half an A Level (a maximum of 24 UCAS points) so can be used to earn extra UCAS points.

It is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop students’ skills in independent research and project management.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.

Subject Specific Requirements

No specific requirements.

What will I do?

The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.

A student can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies.

The EPQ is overseen by a project supervisor, typically a teacher who is not a specialist in the chosen area. The supervisor guides their student through the process.

What careers would this be suitable for?

30,000 students took the EPQ in 2014 across all subject areas. The EPQ is the perfect way to encourage students to extend and develop beyond the material being covered in class and explore their passion for a topic. An increasing number of universities are including the EPQ in their offers to students.

Where can I find out more?

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