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Extended Project Level 3 (EPQ) at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

This is an enhancement course

Skills that will be developed:

To devise, design, plan and manage a project selected from a choice of dissertation, design, artefact, performance or investigation and work independently. To critically select research and organise a range of resources and sources relevant to the chosen outcome and, be able to use, reference and reflect upon these resources/sources. To develop and realise the chosen project outcome and project management evaluation report through logical, planned stages until their fruition, being able to meet own identified goals and deadlines and reflect upon progress.  To evaluate, review and reflect upon all aspects of the project and own learning and performance. To communicate the outcome to a specified audience, reflecting on the process of doing the project and evaluating the audience feedback of own performance.

What will you learn?

The EPQ is based on independent, university-style learning and gaining sophisticated organised time and project management skills. The EPQ can help you to gain confidence in your own abilities and develop the self-awareness to know your limitations and strengths which are vital to career success. The EPQ will help you to develop your capabilities in terms of problem solving, critical analysis, decision-making, team working and communications, as well as gaining high standards of Maths and English – all of which are highly prized by employers.


Doing an Extended Project is great for building confidence and broadening horizons because you are free to be independent, creative, practical and academic. The self-fulfilment benefits are highly rewarding. You can be led by your curiosity and you can pursue and plan an idea to see how it evolves and takes shape over time. You demonstrate to yourself, your family, your teachers, universities and future employers what you can achieve on your own, showing that you have enterprise, initiative, self-motivation and, impressive, competent presentation skills.

Entry requirements

You must achieve at least 33 points from your best six GCSE, achieving a grade 6 in English. Students must be well motivated, independent and very organised in order to complete a demanding and challenging project in a six-month time constraint. It is a big commitment.

Financial information

None. You may have to incur travelling expenses if you wanted to visit a company or interview somebody outside of school.

Future opportunities

Universities really value the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), as it helps them to select students with a genuine commitment to their chosen subject and a head-start in the independent learning skills that Higher Education demands. These skills are transferable, not just for undergraduate and postgraduate university experience, but to the workplace, career and beyond.  The EPQ is completed within six months which then frees-up more time to devote to other “A” level subjects.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 01 November 2017
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