Extended Project Qualification – Level 3
This is an independent research project that you take responsibility for. The title, aims and objectives are yours to create; the scope, time frame and resources are for you to decide, evaluate and reflect upon. This is a brilliant opportunity for you to investigate something you have a passion for and write an extended essay, or you could design, create and produce a model, working programme, or act out a performance.
The skills you acquire along the way include planning, timescale management, critical analysis, presentation skills and reflection. You will be allocated a supervisor whose role is not to tell you what to do but to help, guide and support you through your EPQ journey.
In all, the project has 90 hours of independent study in addition to any other course you follow at college. EPQ starts at the beginning of your second year.
Projects are internally assessed and externally moderated. A written extended project is around 5,000 words and an artefact (a product) is followed by a smaller written project.
EPQ is a great opportunity for you to develop independent research skills that universities highly value.