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Extended Project Qualification at Edmonton County School

Course description

EPQ offers you a unique opportunity to carry out an independent research project in an area of your choice, that will provide invaluable preparation for university. It encourages students to acquire many transferable skills such as dissertation-writing, project-management, time-management, evaluation and reflection. This level of choice and flexibility means you are engaged and motivated, and gain valuable skills along the way.

Course content

The Extended Project Qualification will develop and extend from one or more of the learner’s study areas or from an area of personal interest outside of subjects of study. EPQ students will decide on their topic of interest and formulate a specific research question based on this topic that they wish to investigate the answer to. Regular meetings will be held with their EPQ supervisor who will guide students through their project from the formulation of their topic question, research into this question and the write-up of the project itself. The course will also focus on how to correctly reference sources and will explore how to select appropriate resources to use in research.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s Grade B or above, including GCSE English.


Students will be assessed through their completed dissertation-style project, a presentation of the project to the Extended Project Class and teacher, and completed planning, meeting and evaluation sheets. It is worth half of an A-level.

Future opportunities

Skills gained from the Extended Project Qualification such as planning, critical-thinking and project-management will be essential to all university and career choices.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Edmonton County School directly.

Last updated date: 16 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September