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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) AS Level at Lytchett Minster School

Course description

The EPQ is an opportunity to do a project investigating a subject about which you feel strongly. You may choose a topic related to your other courses, or take the opportunity to follow a personal passion. It provides a context for critical thinking and project management skills. EPQ is only offered at AS Level.

Course content

You choose your area of study in negotiation with a supervisor and submit it for formal approval. You identify and draft your main aims and objectives before planning, researching and delivering your project. The process is recorded in a production log which is submitted with your final project. You will have to obtain and select information from a wide range of different sources, analyse your data and show that you understand the complexities of the topic you have chosen.

Topics Covered

  • Formulating aims and objectives
  • Planning a project
  • Taking notes and record-keeping
  • Assessing the reliability and validity of sources
  • Critical thinking
  • Research methodology
  • Referencing and plagiarism
  • Decision making
  • Presentation skills, including how to handle a question and answer session
  • Evaluating the project and your own strengths and weaknesses

Entry requirements

Because of the special nature of this course, the students suitable for the EPQ are those who expect A* to B grades from their subjects at GCSE, are well motivated and enthusiastic, can demonstrate their commitment to working independently and have a good track record of meeting deadlines.


Every student has a production log to complete as a documented journey of their project. The evidence of your project is likely to be a 5,000 word written report, but it may be an artefact accompanied by a 1,000 word report. Near the end of your project, you will make a presentation of your research, which will be videoed, and you will be expected to answer questions.

Future opportunities

Being successful in the EPQ is likely to enhance your application to higher education. It will help you to stand out from other students, both in your personal statement and in your interview.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lytchett Minster School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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