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Extended Project Qualification Level 3 at Queen Mary's Grammar School

Course description

The EPQ is a standalone Level 3 qualification that attracts the same UCAS tariff as an AS Level. Students complete a mini-dissertation amounting to 5000 words on a topic of their choice. They are supervised throughout the year in doing this.

Course content

Students will:
  • make a significant contribution to the choice and design of an extended project and take responsibility for an individual task
  • develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners
  • develop and apply decision-making and, where appropriate, problem solving skills
  • extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • use their learning experiences to support their aspirations for higher education and/or career development
  • transfer skills developed as part of their extended project to other areas of study.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 7 B grades at GCSE* (including English and Maths). We normally expect at least a grade A (A* for Further Maths) in subjects which you wish to pursue at A level. 


What do students have to do?
  • Choose a suitable topic that might be related to one of their subjects at A Level or something entirely unrelated
  • Conduct detailed research into their topic
  • Work with their tutor to provide evidence of their research
  • Produce a 5000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice
  • Present their findings to an audience

Future opportunities

The EPQ is highly valued by universities as it provides evidence of planning, research,
reflection, evaluation, wider interest and independent learning. It provides outstanding
material for university applications and teaches students worthwhile skills for the next
phase of their lives. It provides academically able students to choose a topic of interest
to them and research it in some depth.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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