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Extended Project Qualification GCE A Level at Sir Harry Smith Community College

Course description

The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production. A student can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies.

Course content

During the EPQ the learner will:

  • Identify, design, plan and complete an individual project, applying a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet agreed objectives
  • 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.
  • Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies where appropriate, solve problems, take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes.
  • Evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed objectives and won learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions in appropriate format.

Entry requirements

  • Students are expected to have achieved a minimum of a grade C in English Language at GCSE


The evidence for assessment will comprise the following:

  • The completed Production Log and Assessment record including the Project Proposal Form, presentation Record and candidate Record Form
  • The project product including a written report and any other evidence, as appropriate, depending on the topic or subject area.

the EPQ is assessed by the course leader within the school, there is no examined component.



Future opportunities

the EPQ is the perfect way to encourage your students to extend and develop beyond the material being covered in class and explore their passion for a topic.

The EPQ allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) students:

  • Become more critical, reflective and independent learners
  • Develop and apply decision-making and problem solving skills
  • Increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • Learn to apply new technologies confidently
  • Demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise

Universities recognise the importance of the skills developed during the EPQ and for this reason the EPQ is very well respected by universities with some lovering their offfers for students who have completed the EPQ.

The EPQ also carries UCAS points equivalent to half an A level.


Further information

To find out further details about this qualification contact the Careers Coordinator at the College

This course is usually delivered as part of a full time programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Harry Smith Community College directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years