Our popular 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 (maximum 70 UCAS points). Students have an (almost) free choice of topics. The student has to:
Choose an area of interest (this can be developed/extended from A-Level work, or be something else entirely. Coursework can be a starting point, but it must go considerably beyond);
Draft a project title;
Draft the aims of the project;
Plan, research and carry out the project;
Provide evidence of all stages of the project production;
Deliver a presentation on the project.
A completed production log, recording the stages gone through;
A written report (usually 5000 words);
Other evidence as appropriate (e.g. for a student writing and directing a play, the play script, a video of the performance....);
A presentation to an agreed audience.
The marks are combined from all these areas: there as many marks available for planning, research and reflection as there are for the written report.
The EPQ is graded from A*-E and UCAS points are allocated accordingly.
Entry CriteriaThere are no specific entry criteria. However we have found that the project requires a great deal of self-reliance and independent learning. You must be convinced that you are able to focus on a topic over a long period of time, plan your time effectively and meet deadlines