The extended project qualification was designed by universities to address a shortfall in higher level study skills displayed by new undergraduates. It can be based on any topic, although it needs to be agreed by the school to ensure it is suitably challenging. The EPQ is the size of an AS qualification with grades A*-E available.
Although there are some timetabled lessons, the majority of this course is learnt through individual learning.
You can base the project on an area of your own interest, the EPQ gives students a chance to flourish in a chosen field. Students have received lower offers for university thanks to their projects.
The EPQ is available to any student studying level 3 courses in the Sixth Form.
The EPQ gives a taste of undergraduate and higher study. It displays the ability to work for long periods of time and produce work of high quality and great depth. As well as the UCAS points it provides, the EPQ gives students the skills they need to access degree level study.