The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides an opportunity for you to pursue your own academic interests in a chosen topic. You will undertake independent research, gaining additional UCAS points for your university application and developing a range of independent research skills.

Year 12

During this one year course you will create your project which can be either a specific essay based study or the production of an ‘artefact’ (play, video, book, sculpture, photographic journal). Although this is an independent study project, you will receive support through access to a supervisor and weekly taught sessions which cover a range of study skills such as referencing, research methods and writing techniques. The EPQ is offered as a stand-alone qualification at AS and attracts a potential A grade. This valuable qualification allows you to develop useful skills for either employment or higher level study.

Examples of EPQ Project Titles

As long as you do not replicate a topic you are studying in your other A Levels you are free to be creative and choose a topic that really interests and excites you. Some examples of project titles are:

  • How is architecture affected by the need to make buildings earthquake-resistant?
  • To what extent is hydroelectricity the answer to meeting the European Union’s renewable energy targets?
  • The Death Penalty in some American States is an infringement of Human Rights
  • Is the widening income distribution gap as negative to society as it appears?

Detailed course information for the above Sixth Form courses can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus