Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)


The Extended Project is a qualification which, as its name suggests, is designed to offer students the opportunity to engage in learning which goes beyond their curriculum studies. It is an undertaking which requires enthusiasm and independence, and many universities have indicated that they see it as a valuable qualification. A similar message comes from our students once they are at university, where they find that the EPQ has provided a welcome grounding for undergraduate work. The qualification is worth the equivalent of half an A Level for UCAS.

Students are expected to devote around 90 hours of their own time to independent learning towards the project, with guidance from a supervisor; in addition, there will be workshops and sessions promoting skills in areas such as referencing and research methodologies, and students will be expected to enrol with on-line courses to develop these skills. Application for undertaking an EPQ is in December of Y12. Work on the project commences in the Spring term of Year 12, with submission at Christmas of the next academic year. Results come with A Level results in the following August. Students undertaking an EPQ will:

  • Choose an area of interest
  • Draft a project title
  • Draft aims of the project
  • Plan, research and carry out the project
  • Provide evidence of all stages of project production
  • Deliver a presentation to a specified audience.

There will be guidance at all stages from an appointed supervisor and assessment will be overseen by the supervisor and the Centre Coordinators.


If you have any questions please contact Head of Department jar@patesgs.org or camilla.collier@patesgs.org


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