A-Level Extended Project Qualification
What is the Extended Project Qualification?
As part of/or alongside your studies, you have the opportunity to complete an Extended Project. The AQA Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows students to extend their abilities beyond the A-Level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career. It is worth half an A-Level (28 UCAS points) so can be used to earn extra UCAS points. An increasing number of universities are including the EPQ in their offers to students. This course will be offered as a self-study programme with weekly tutorial sessions.
- The topic to study is up to you but cannot be something you are studying on one of your other courses.
- However, it could be something to enhance or develop your knowledge and understanding in one of your chosen courses.
- It may be something you have a personal interest in.
- The topic you study will be decided in negotiation with your tutor.
Assessment: A 5000 word report, a Production Log and a presentation.
What Grades do I Need at GCSE Level?
Apart from the minimum entry requirements needed for the Sixth Form, you will need a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language, although to be successful at A-Level, a grade 6 would give you the best chance of achieving a good grade. It is important to note that the Extended Project Qualification requires a lot of self-reading, research, essay work and a presentation. This qualification relies heavily on self motivation, good time management and commitment.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop students' skills in independent research and project management.
The EPQ allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects.
By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) students:
- become more critical, reflective and independent learners
- develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
- increase their planning, research, analysis and synthesis skills
- learn to apply new technologies confidently
- demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise
What About Choices After A-Levels?
The research, evaluation, report, presentation and essay writing skills you will develop whilst completing the EPQ are keenly sought by employers, enhancing your employability in today’s competitive job market. For those seeking higher education: "Nearly 1 in 5 successful applicants to Durham had completed the EPQ" - The Sunday Times 16 Feb 2014.