The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a Level 3 stand alone academic qualification equating to half an A Level and is highly regarded by both universities and employers. It is an independent research project and enables students to develop skills in the areas of problem-solving, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis evaluation and public speaking.
The EPQ is a fantastic opportunity to explore in depth an aspect of a subject that is not currently part of their studies at A Level, to investigate a topic of great personal interest. It is a piece of independent research that can be submitted in the form of an academic report of 5000 words but the submission can take the form of an artefact or product alongside a 2000 word essay. Recent submissions include the creation of a video documentary, writing a play or a visual record of a creative endeavour. Students can choose what they want to research and, under the guidance of an experienced supervisor, the research is conducted. All students finish their EPQ by giving a 15 minute presentation followed by a question and answer session.