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EPQ at The Kings of Wessex Academy

Course description

Do you enjoy working independently and researching topics that fascinate you? Have you ever wanted to write your own A Level syllabus where you study a topic of your own choice in depth? Are you well motivated and organised and work well towards deadlines? If you have answered yes to these questions and this idea appeals to you, then the Extended Project could be for you.

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Why choose to do an EPQ?
It demonstrates to universities and employers commitment to working independently, showing that you are suitable for an undergraduate course. It also gives you the opportunity to develop lines of thinking for possible degree study.

What will I study?
The course will develop your independent study skills within an area in which you are passionate. This could be an extension to topics or areas studied within your A Level subjects, or it could be something completely unrelated (to any of your subjects). Either way, it should be something in which you have a real interest and will be motivated to complete.

How will I learn?
There are no lessons as such and you do not have a timetable for the EPQ, although there are regular support sessions. The EPQ is an additional qualification offered from May of Year 12 through to October of Year 13.

Entry requirements

You are expected to demonstrate self-motivation, organisation, and an ability to meet deadlines and write a coherent essay. Other than these skills, enthusiasm and determination are essential.


You will be assessed on the process as a whole by a supervisor who will be appointed to you. Your supervisor will assess you against four criteria – the ability to:
- Manage the project.
- Use resources.
- Develop and realise the project.
- Review your own learning and performance.

Future opportunities

The EPQ also has the added benefit that it earns you extra UCAS points and makes you more attractive to universities and employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kings of Wessex Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2017

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