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Extended Project Qualification at Royal Latin School

Course description

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is stand-alone qualifications that help students develop broader study skills. Projects are student-driven qualifications, giving them the freedom and responsibility to select topics and projects they are interested in. During the process, they develop as independent, reflective learners and acquire knowledge and transferable skills that are invaluable for further study.

The qualification is the equivalent of 50% of a full A level (70 UCAS points) and students who pass can achieve an A* to an E.

Course content

The course involves a taught element where students will attend lessons which focus on front loading the skills needed to succeed in the project such as research skills, evaluating sources, referencing and note taking. However, the majority of the learning will be independently conducted by the student.

When completing a project qualification, students follow a clearly structured process: they plan, research their topic and create a product. The product of their project can be in one of three formats:

A research-based written report

A production* (e.g. charity event, fashion show, sports event etc.)

An artefact* (e.g. a piece of art, a computer game, a realised design).

This work is all recorded in their Production Log and, finally, students deliver a presentation. *supported by a written report

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to achieve a minimum of 392 points from the best 8 of their GCSE subjects (the equivalent of 4As & 4Bs).


Students are assessed on the product of their project and on the process itself. Unlike other coursework, assessment will not be ongoing but will be summatively marked when the final project is submitted. However, all students will have a dedicated supervisor who will provide them with individual support and advice throughout the process. Students will be assessed on 4 main assessment objectives including management, use of sources, develop & realizing and finally evaluation skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Royal Latin School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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