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Extended Project Qualification at John Port School

Course description

The EPQ is a unique programme of study. It is intended to give students the opportunity to gain a qualification based on an outside interest, club or hobby that can be related to something you study, but might also be something completely different. In this way, somebody studying Biology might want to do a project on stem cell research, but they also might want to do a project on Irish music; both would be equally valid. You formulate your project yourself, and you will be helped and guided by a tutor in school. You will then have timetabled lessons through the project management phase, eventually through to delivering a Project of ‘A’ level standard. Project has no exams, just coursework, so if you’re self-motivated and enjoy working independently – whether in a practical way, like designing or performing, or researching, investigating and writing - then Project is for you.

Entry requirements

An average score of 40 points from their best 8 subjects including English and Mathematics.


You will be assessed on:

  • How well you manage your work, such as planning your time and choosing what methods to use
  • How you select and use information and resources throughout the EPQ
  • The range of skills you develop and use to achieve what you set out to do
  • How effectively you review your own work

Future opportunities

Because it develops skills rather than just subject knowledge (or it can be both), the EPQ can be useful in any sphere of professional life. The qualification is especially useful however, in convincing admissions tutors at universities that you are worth making a place at their institution. As this quote from Cambridge University states: ‘We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/ college to higher education.’

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Port School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year