Type of qualification – Level 3
Exam Board – AQA
The EPQ is a stand-alone qualification that you can opt to undertake alongside any A levels or vocational course combination. Your EPQ will develop and extend from an area of your interest, which ideally will match your potential future studies or profession. You will research your chosen topic and present your research as an essay or final piece (such as a website, performance or artefact). The EPQ 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.
Many universities welcome the EPQ as an indicator of realised skills and potential ability. Some universities will make a reduced offer as a result. Future employers can also be interested in the skills that you have learnt and the research that you carry out.
You choose! Our students have researched a huge variety of topics including ocean plastics, dark matter, childhood obesity, the Crusades, fracking and euthanasia to name just a few.
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Student Financial Contribution: None
Þ Average of grade 6 or above in GCSEs
Þ Have an exceptional project proposal
What Our Students Think
“The EPQ is unique and valuable. The knowledge that I have gained from undertaking an EPQ is unquestionable.”
Henry, Student S6C