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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Silverdale

Course description

At Silverdale we offer the chance to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Level 3 to all Year 12 students.  We start the EPQ course in the summer of Year 12 and complete it in Year 13.


The EPQ is a project based piece of research, rather like a mini-thesis.  It is worth the same UCAS points as half an A level and is very popular with universities as a qualification.  Students may opt to write a 5,000 word essay plus presentation on a subject of their choice or to produce an artefact, for instance a film or piece of art plus a 1,000 word commentary.


In 2016/17 we had 30 students doing the EPQ, with projects that ranged from an investigation into the influence of colour on sports performance to the efficiancy of the effect of badger culling on the reduction of TB in cattle.


EPQ students visit Sheffield University and have the use of the Western Bank library and the course is very closely linked with Silverdale's own library, taught sessions are delivered on Wednesday afternoons in the library by the librarian.  Each student also has their own individual staff supervisor.


We have a catalogued collection of past projects on a great variety of subjects, from the effect of caffeine on running performance to an exploration of the sensational success of the Harry Potter series.


We are keen to encourage a wide range of students to think about this qualification.

Course content

Project of own choice

Entry requirements

We start the course in June of Year 12 and you need to be progressing well in your other A Level subjects to do the EPQ.  There are no other entry requirements.


The project will be presented and work submitted in the spring term of Year 13.

Further information

Apply directly to Silverdale in June of Year 12.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: EPQ


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    • Please use the web link above to access information about the Sixth Form timetable structure at Silverdale. It is vitally important that you look at our blocking when deciding on your subjects.This will ensure that your choices are compatible with our timetable.

      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.