EPQ

Extended Project Qualification

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The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an independent research project that you can undertake alongside your chosen courses.

It is roughly the equivalent to half an A Level and can attract up to 28 UCAS points. You will be supported by a tutor who can assist with the planning of your project and to help you develop the skills required to complete your project well.

What would I have to do?:

Artefact project

  • This can take on various different forms depending on your interests and end goal, for example you could; create a piece of artwork, choreograph a dance, direct your own performance piece, write a play, run an event or even design an app. Alongside this you will write a 1000 word research paper.

Essay project

  • A 5000 word written research essay. Throughout the process of your project you will complete a production log to show the different stages of your project and how it evolves. You will also be required to present your findings/research or outcomes through an evaluative presentation once your project is completed.

Throughout the process of your project you will complete a production log to show the different stages of your project and how it evolves. You will also be required to present your findings/research or outcomes through an evaluative presentation once your project is completed.

Example Artefact Projects:

Artefact projects have included:

  • Writing, directing and producing a musical
  • The design and construction of a flowerpot bell tower
  • Writing and directing a short film in the style of French New Wave Cinema
  • Engineering a guitar
  • Writing and arranging country music.

Example essay Projects:

Essay projects have included:

  • A comparison of PTSD after combat and giving birth
  • Can humans live sustainably on Mars?
  • The Human impact on the New Forest
  • Ancient Egyptian burial practices
  • Euthanasia: completely unethical or act of kindness?
  • Kashmir: can this war be a win situation for two nations?
  • How does age affect second language acquisition?

Why should I take it?

The qualification will help you to develop the necessary planning, research, presentation and academic writing skills that universities look for in their applicants. It is valued by many universities and some Russell Group universities include the EPQ as part of their offer. Students who have applied for University can make reference to their project in their personal statement and during the interview process to show enthusiasm and wider understanding of their selected subject area.

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