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Extended Project Qualification at South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College

Course description

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) offers our Sixth Form students the chance to really stand out. Students pursue, in depth, a topic of their choice and produce either a dissertation, an investigation, an artefact or a performance as a result of their research. Students are able to develop university-level research and academic writing skills and an excellent knowledge of their chosen topic which can be quoted in university applications and discussed at interview. Students learn how to be critical thinkers and develop the skills of independent learning; project management; planning; research; investigation; problem-solving and written and presentation skills. The EPQ differentiates students from their peers and demonstrates motivation, commitment, ability and interest in their chosen area.

Course content

What will I learn?

Students who wish to do the EPQ will need to write a letter of application. Successful students will then attend an introductory set of seminars which help them to choose a topic and to carry out effective academic research. For much of the course students will work independently, although they will be guided by a mentor who will support them. 

Entry requirements

All students are able to apply to do the EPQ although they will need to have a record of good attendance and good Attitude to Learning grades in order to demonstrate that they have the self-management skills needed to complete the qualification.


Many universities are very enthusiastic about the EPQ as the project mode of learning is aligned with the requirements of Higher Education. Institutions are typically encouraged by EPQ projects which link to and show your motivation and your commitment to your intended course of study, but universities are also very aware of the skills developed during any EPQ process. The EPQ is 100% internally assessed and externally moderated; it is equivalent to an AS Level, it is graded A* to E and carries UCAS points.

Future opportunities

The EPQ allows students to develop self-management, critical thinking, academic research and writing skills which are necessary in Higher Education. The EPQ can also be used as a means to explore non-university career options and gain a qualification and valuable skills in doing so.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017

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