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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Christ's College Guildford

Course description

The EPQ allows students to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. When taken alongside the new 2 year A levels it is a good way of adding an extra qualification that help students to plan, research and develop ideas on a topic of their own choosing.

Course content

The course is delivered through 120 guided learning hours. You will spend 30 hours with a EPQ tutor who will guide you through research techniques, project management and keep a log of your progress. The subject matter is up to you. You can choose to do a 5000 word written research project. Or you can project manage a production (Charity event, Fashion show or sporting event) You could also create something like a computer game or a piece of furniture. Both the production and the build projects are accompanied with a 1000 word explanation of the project. The limits to this are your imagination!!

Entry requirements

Typically we would expect anyone doing the extended project to have chosen 3 or more of the new de-coupled A levels. That said, any sixth form student with an interest in independent research can add it to their timetable.

Future opportunities

EPQ is a recognised qualification that carries UCAS points, helping smooth the entry into university. Due to the nature of the independent learning style it develops students in a way that Universities find very helpful. Often EPQ projects are used in University interviews as students explain their projects and the knowledge they have gained doing them. Those creating a physical project can often use these as career entry portfolios at apprenticeship interviews. Therefore the EPQ is a useful qualification to have, because the learning process is so relevant to work outside in the real world.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact the Sixth Form Centre on or call us on 01483 484511

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ's College Guildford directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2014
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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