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Extended Project Qualification at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

The EPQ is an AS level qualification that can either be
taken as an extra choice in Year 12 or Year 13. Students can
choose to complete as a supplement to their main subjects.
The student studying for an EPQ works with a teacher
mentor to devise a unique project based on the student’s
interests. Typical projects result in an academic essay,
performance or piece of art or media which are submitted
with an accompanying report, log book and short


The success of the project outcome is assessed, along
with how well certain skills have been applied throughout
the project process e.g. planning, presentation, referencing,
reaching a conclusion and self-reflection. In particular,
research skills are assessed, for example how well source
material is selected based on its credibility and relevance.

Future opportunities

The EPQ carries UCAS points and is the only AS level in
which students can achieve an A* grade. It gives students
an in-depth knowledge of a subject area outside their A
Level studies which can be mentioned in UCAS applications
or interviews. Each year, more universities are recognising
the benefit of selecting students who have studied an EPQ.
The project process requires independent study, cooperation
with teachers and advanced research expertise, all of which
are ideal skills to possess as an undergraduate.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year