The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) not only offers a wonderful opportunity for students to extend themselves intellectually and creatively, but also provides an ideal introduction and bridge to a style of working which can be expected at university.

It can also help to demonstrate how prepared students are for university life and study.

The AQA Extended Project Qualification is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop skills in independent research and project management. It is awarded UCAS points worth half an A Level and is highly regarded by leading universities. It is graded from A* to E. Our students’ results are excellent, with the majority gaining A* in recent years and producing exceptional projects and essays.

Each student chooses, researches and develops a project on a particular interest. The topic is unrelated to A Level specifications but is often closely aligned to the degree course in which they are interested. An individual assignment in the form of an essay, or a report or a design piece is produced and the student must make a presentation on their project before it is submitted.

Throughout the process they are guided by academic staff who act as mentors and there are a series of lessons which cover core skills such as research and producing a bibliography. The result is that by the time students are making university applications in Year 13, they have begun to produce work of a very high order. Their passion and interest sets them apart from other applicants when writing their personal statement or at university interviews. 

Read more about the EPQ in this piece from Queen Mary’s, University of London