Type of qualification – Level 3
Exam Board – AQA
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a stand-alone qualification that you can opt to undertake alongside any A level or vocational course combination.
The EPQ will develop and extend from an area of your interest, which ideally should match your potential future studies or profession. Past projects have varied across all the A level subjects and beyond. Students research their chosen topic and present their research as an academic report or as an ‘artefact’ (such as a website, performance, booklet or organised event).
The Extended Project Qualification allows you to develop your interests in a particular topic, experience or skill. It is for students who are interested in problem-solving, designing, managing and realising projects. You should enjoy taking responsibility for your own learning, showing initiative, creativity and enterprise.
The EPQ is an excellent platform on which to build further academic achievement. It will also give you a range of valuable skills that are sought after in university studies or the workplace, such as time management, research skills, presentational ability and, more importantly, the ability to work to a plan.
Throughout your course, you are supported by a supervisor, the centre coordinator and a programme of taught study skills.
Interesting fact about studying this at S6C
We work closely with the University of Southampton and visit their extensive library which is a great opportunity for students to widen their research.
Our students have researched a huge variety of topics including ocean plastics, dark matter, childhood obesity, the Crusades, fracking and euthanasia.
Students who achieve a grade 5 or above in their English GCSE may choose to study the Extended Project Qualification alongside their three subject choices.