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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an accredited qualification offered by AQA.

It is an opportunity for students to develop their research and extended writing skills whilst also developing their knowledge of a subject of interest. This course provides students with the skills that will be invaluable at university and will complement their other A level options. The EPQ is recognised by universities and employers. Currently an A* in the EQP is awared 28 UCAS points according to the UCAS tariff.

Course content

Students will be taught essential skills of project management , planning, research and critical analysis of sources. Students will be assigned a supervisor who will support them through the research and writing process, who will support them in developing their research project and ultimately their presentation. Academic referencing and citation skills will be taught, which will support any written work in their A level subjects.
The essay requires students to identify a topic which they wish to investigate. Students will then research this topic, constructing an argumentative and critical essay, which considers the strength and weight of research into this topic as well as any counter arguments or implications of their findings. Students will consult high level sources, such as journals and academic texts in order to construct their arguments and will follow academic conventions with regards to citing and referencing work which will prepare them for study at university level.

Throughout the research and writing of their essay students will complete a reflective log which identifies the strengths and limitations of their work. They will document any changes and development of their research and essay. This gives students a unique opportunity to engage with planning a large scale project whilst also considering what they have gained from the project and how they could improve it.

The project culminates in the delivery of a short, 10 minute presentation in which students bring the project together, identifying their aims and goals, critically reflecting on their sources and conclusion, and consider the strengths and limitations of their performance on the project as whole.



Entry requirements

A Grade 5 in English Literature or Language is requirements for this course.


In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades at 9-6 (A*-B) including English Language and Mathematics.


Students will be assigned a supervisor and will have taught lessons which prepare them to complete the EPQ. The project itself comprises of a 5000 word essay, a reflective log and a presentation.

Further information

If you wish to study at RGS, please apply directly to the school.

Application forms and further details an be found on the school website


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2018
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