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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Grantham College

Course description

The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus. It is the equivalent of an AS level and enables students to achieve more UCAS points. For the EPQ, learners identify, design, plan and complete an individual project, applying a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet agreed objectives. The EPQ requires students to use a range of project management skills, including the analysis and application of data, problem solving, critical thinking, referencing and self-reflection; they are also required to deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience. The qualification involves extended autonomous work by the students who are required to write a 500 word report of their findings.

Course content

Students can choose their own topic to research. Supervisors act as a mentor/guide.


  • discuss your initial idea, project, title and proposal
  • carry out your reviews and assess your presentation. 30 hours of taught sessions including meetings/reviews with supervisor. Taught sessions on
  • Research methodology
  • Ethics/health & safety
  • Research, analysis & report writing
  • Project management
  • Critical thinking
  • Referencing
  • Delivering presentations
  • ICT skills

Entry requirements

Five C's at GCSE.


By project submitted at the end of the course.

Financial information

Full Time Further Education courses are free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.  Exam resit fees may apply if and when applicable.

Future opportunities

Because of the range of transferable skills involved some university admissions officers rate the EPQ very highly.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grantham College directly.

Last updated date: 25 November 2016
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