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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Outwood Academy Newbold

Course description

Universities and employers support and value the EPQ as evidence of a student's ability to use a range of skills that are vital for successful study in higher education and employment.

The EPQ:

  • Gives students the opportunity to choose their own topic
  • Makes students responsible for their own learning and development
  • Inspires and motivates students – completing the project gives you greater confidence and a sense of achievement.
  • Teaches new skills, such as, independent research, project management, reflection and self-directed learning
  • Awards 70 UCAS points for an A*

Course content

During the EPQ, students will learn to:

  • manage – identify, design, plan, and complete a project (or task within a group project), applying organisational skills and strategies to meet their stated objectives
  • use resources/research – obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply it relevantly, and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate connections and complexities of their topic
  • develop and realise – use a range of skills, including using new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve their aims
  • review – evaluate the outcome, including their learning and performance

Entry requirements

Suitable for any A-Level student.


  • Choose an area of interest and draft their project title and aims.
  • Plan, research and carry out their project.
  • Keep a production log of all stages of the project production, reviewing and evaluating their progress.
  • Complete a 5,000 word project.
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation.
  • Review the outcome of their project and presentation.
  • All these elements are assessed by the school and then moderated by the exam board. There is no written examination.

Future opportunities

The EPQ is an excellent opportunity for students to become more effective, independent, learners. Students will develop areas such as self-confidence, selfesteem, team working skills and will receive valuable preparation for study at Higher Education and employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Outwood Academy Newbold directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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