The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an optional course for students in the Lower Sixth, it is a standalone qualification taken in addition to A Levels.
The qualification demonstrates project management skills and is an opportunity for extended writing, both of which are sought after skills for life after Sixth Form.
Students are assessed on their ability to plan, carry out, report on and evaluate a project or topic that can be as far away from their chosen field of study as students can imagine. Independence is at the core of the EPQ, although students will be assigned a topic supervisor to meet with on a regular basis and they will have skills sessions with teachers to support them with their academic writing.
90 hours of independent work
Extended essay (5,000 words) or create an artefact (with 1,000 word report)
15-page log to accompany project
The EPQ is held in high regard by universities and carries additional UCAS points. It does not have a prescribed subject area, instead it focuses on developing skills. Students seeking further guidance and advice about the EPQ are encouraged to speak to the Head of Sixth Form or Deputy Head Academic.