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Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product.

A project topic may be directly related to a student's main study programme, but should look beyond the specification. A finished product may take the form of a:

  • research based written report
  • production* (eg charity event, fashion show or sports event etc)
  • an artefact* (eg piece of art, a computer game or realised design)
  • *A written report must accompany these options.

Students must also record their project process in their Log Book. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Both the Log Book and Product will be assessed.

What the students need to do:

  • Choose an area of interest and draft their project title and aims.
  • Plan, research and carry out their project.
  • Keep a production log of all stages of the project production, reviewing and evaluating their progress.
  • Complete the project product.
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation.
  • Review the outcome of their project and presentation.

During the EPQ, they will learn to:

  • manage – identify, design, plan, and complete a project (or task within a group project), applying organisational skills and strategies to meet their stated objectives
  • use resources/research – obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply it relevantly, and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate connections and complexities of their topic
  • develop and realise – use a range of skills, including using new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve their aims
  • review – evaluate the outcome, including their learning and performance

Universities and employers both value the EPQ and some university offers may be reduced if students choose a relevant topic title.  The EPQ also receives UCAS points towards university entry.