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Extended Project Qualification at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

The 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 so can be used to earn extra UCAS points. The EPQ tariff for UCAS points is as follows: A* 28, A 24, B 20, C 16, D 12, E 8.

The EPQ will develop and extend an area of the student’s interest and will be based on a topic chosen by the student and agreed by the EPQ coordinator.

Students are required, with appropriate supervision, to:
- Choose an area of interest
- Draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the centre
- Plan, research and carry out the project
- Deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience
- Provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.

The EPQ course consists of two main elements: a taught skills programme and independent work. In tutorials, students will be given the tools to develop the skills necessary to complete the project. The remaining time will be spent on independent work, researching, producing, recording and presenting their projects.

Course content


The student will:
- Manage a project: Identify, design, plan and complete and individual project, applying a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet agreed objectives
- Use resources: Obtain, critically select and use information from a range of sources; analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of the topic
- Develop and realise a project: Select and use a range of skills, solve problems, take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes
- Review: Evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed objectives and own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions in appropriate format

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - B


The EPQ is a process-based qualification, where the process is as important as the outcome.

Students will submit:
- a production log which details their project production process
- a research-based written dissertation (5,000 words).

All candidates are required to meet the learning outcomes. The assessment objectives are weighted as indicated below:
- Manage: 20%
- Use resources: 20%
- Develop and realise: 40%
- Review: 20%

Future opportunities

The EPQ will help students to demonstrate, to both universities and future employers that they are able to work independently. It will also help students to develop essential skills required for study at a higher level: working with others, working to deadlines, planning and management of a project, decision making and problem solving, presentation skills and communication skills.

The skills that students develop through the EPQ are excellent preparation for university-level study. Students can refer to the EPQ in their UCAS personal statements and at interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for. As a consequence, some top universities offer reduced grade offers to students who have successfully completed an EPQ to a high standard (A*/A or B, depending on the university and course).

The EPQ can also help to further students’ knowledge in one or more of their examination subjects and enrich their performance in those exams.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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