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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - A-Level at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

This is a one year course for Year 13 students only. This qualification offers the Year 13 student a unique opportunity to create an independent project. The project is devised by you, as an A2 student, in any subject or area of personal interest of your choice. The possibilities are endless; you may choose to produce: an essay covering an aspect of your chosen subject specialism, create a piece of sculpture, write the opening to a novel or script a television show, compose an original piece of music, put on a live event, hold a debate or give a lecture to a select audience.


Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is AQA.


Where can this lead?

This qualification is intended to allow students to demonstrate their ability to succeed at university level and to prove their true intentions to university admissions tutors and course leaders (that, as a student, you are serious and focused on the subject you wish to study beyond Sixth Form). This A2 qualification carries A* potential and a maximum of 70 UCAS points. Reputable universities, including members of the Russell Group, show a keen interest in this qualification and will take it into serious consideration when considering UCAS applications from students of equal academic worth. Students considering Medicine or Law at degree level should seriously consider taking this qualification. Any student wanting to study a new subject at university, one that they have not had the opportunity to study to date, should seriously consider this qualification, for example: architecture, journalism, animation, forensic science, and veterinary practice.


Course Entry Requirements

The EPQ works at the very height of any A2 skills set. Students are invited to apply and will be selected for a place on the course through a rigorous consideration of their academic potential and independent ability to engage with the demands of the course.


Students will be considered on an individual basis having successfully completed their Year 12 year. As a student, you should critically consider your ability to achieve A*/A/B grades at A Level as a benchmark for success.


Course Breakdown - Upper Sixth

You will have one timetabled lesson per week with a supervisor who will offer guidance to help you to provide the examiner with:


• A completed Candidate Record Form

• An essay or artefact with written support

• A bibliography

• Proof of a presentation to an audience


Enrichment Opportunities

One-to-one supervision provided on a weekly basis.


Additional Information

Universities are looking for you to complete this qualification as proof of your ability to cope with the demands of university study. It will prove your ability to: manage a self-initiated project, complete valid research, develop and fully realise your work; critically review your work. As a student, you will be expected to be an independent learner.


For further information, please contact - Mrs Flintoft-Howe /

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: 19 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September