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Extended Project Qualification at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

The EPQ is a qualification available for students in Year 13. At the end of Year 12 teachers are asked to recommend students that have shown an outstanding ability in their subject and students with a keen interest in a particular area can express an interest. The EPQ suits highly motivated, able learners that enjoy working independently. It is also a compulsory element of the AQA Bacc (see booklet introduction).

Course content

Students identify and research an area of interest. They then either write an academic piece or create an artefact (including creative writing- a popular option this year!). Students keep a reflective diary documenting the process. In total, the submitted work should total 5000 words. The project is designed to be similar to a university dissertation. Once the students have completed the written component, they must present their project to an audience.

Entry requirements

A minimum of three C’s at AS level and a good track record in the sixth form.


The project log (a record of meetings, research etc) academic work/artefact, diary and presentation are all marked internally (by the teaching staff). A sample is then sent off for external moderation. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year