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.