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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Leyton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to pursue an area of personal interest. You will research and develop a unique project based on your own study.

This course is divided into two elements: the taught component and the independent study component.


Course content

During the taught component you will learn a range of university research skills, such as:

  • Research and referencing
  • Time management
  • Essay writing
  • Presentation techniques

Entry requirements

You would normally need to be in the second year of a Level 3 course, either BTEC or A Levels. If you are doing A Levels it should be studied as an addition to 3 or 4 A Levels.


Exam board: AQA

There are 3 pieces to be submitted: a log book, your project and a presentation. The log book is where you keep your reflective notes of the process you go through. The product will be either a 5 000 word essay or a product (artefact, art work, film, animation, web site, performance, exhibition etc.) plus a 1 000 word report. The presentation is designed to explain your findings to a non-specialist audience.

Future opportunities

Many universities are interested in students doing the Extended Project Qualification as it gives you the sort of skills you will need at university. It can often give you the edge over other students when applying for similar courses. It also gives you the opportunity to pursue an area of interest and develop your independent study skills. Students who have previously completed the qualification felt that it made their first year at university easier.

Further information

What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?

There are many enrichment activities available including trips to museums, art galleries, theatres, universities and libraries, as well as individually tailored enrichment opportunities which you would devise yourself.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Leyton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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