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Extended Project Qualification at Hugh Christie School

Course description

About the Course


Board: AQA


What is the EPQ?

· It is a free-standing qualification equivalent to half an AS Level (half an A Level) and it is graded A* to E.


· You choose, plan and design a project.


· You get to explore a further aspect of an A-level subject that you are already studying, or choose a topic that you have a personal interest in.


· The finished project can be a purely written report, a performance, a piece of art, a community project, a DVD or a piece of computer software.


· The project is finally presented to a non-specialist audience.


Advantages to the student

· It is great for your University application and provides lots to write about in your personal statement


· It will be also be a great discussion point during job or university interviews


· An extra AS level qualification


· Great for study skills development


· Your chance to pursue a passion and get a qualification for it!


Course content

Examples of EPQ project titles:

· Who was the greatest Tudor monarch?

· Is hosting the Olympics worth it?

· How the concept of childhood changed during the Victorian period?

· Why does the UK have Europe’s teenage pregnancy rate?

· Assessment of strategies for dealing with dyslexia

· The future of virtual reality.


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

This is available to all students studying an A level curriculum pathway.



How is the EPQ assessed?

The EPQ is assessed in four key areas:

1) Managing a project yourself

2) Using resources you have selected

3) Developing and realising a project



Reviewing the project

Skills are tracked in a compulsory Log Book, which forms a large part of your final marks.

How is the EPQ taught?

You will attend regular sessions with a supervisor who will develop the necessary skills required to help you complete your project. Students are encouraged to also develop these independently using online using university resources and courses. The project is completed independently by students.


Further information

“The skills that students develop through the Extend Project Qualification (EPQ) are excellent preparation for university-level study. Students can refer to the EPQ in their UCAS personal statements and at interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for.”

University of Manchester


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: EPQ

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