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Extended Project Qualification at Ashton on Mersey School and Sixth Form

Course description

The EPQ is a chance for you to develop your independent research and project skills. It can be anything you want, the choice is yours. There are, of course, guidelines you must follow but this is a perfect opportunity to develop the skills you need for university, apprenticeships or the world of work. The EPQ can be in the form of either: a dissertation, an investigation/field study with statistical analysis or a performance.

Course content

It is of course up to you to take advantage of this project, the more you put in, the more you will get out. Generic skills you will develop:

- Selecting and refining a suitable project objective
- Time management and organisation
- Independent research and evaluation of sources
- Writing and literacy
- Analysis of ideas and arguments
- Evaluation of the project process
- Self-reflective
- Presentation skills Previous project titles included:
- What are the motivations and characteristics of serial killers?
- How does dyslexia affect day to day life in early year’s education?
- Gene doping in sport: The next big thing?
- How did the women’s rights movement of the 20th century help 21st-century women?
- Parkour: Origins and Benefits - An exploration.
- What factors affect the jury decision making process?

Entry requirements

5 Full Course GCSEs at grade A*- C including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. To study this subject alongside a BTEC Pathway a minimum GCSE grade 6 in the English Language is required.


You will be assessed on your ability to manage, develop, record and realise your projects. The EPQ is graded on an A*- E scale. The EPQ comprises of a written report, a model, an artefact, a CD/Video/DVD of a performance or other activity or a photographic record of a project. It also includes conducting a presentation and is highly regarded by universities.

Future opportunities

The EPQ is a stand-alone qualification. It helps you gain a ‘toolkit’ of skills which are vital for further education, especially university and the world of work. You can use your project at interview stage for higher education and could certainly discuss it in your UCAS, apprenticeship and job applications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton on Mersey School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 August 2017
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