Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

“What is EPQ?”

An independent piece of work which is mainly self-guided. You produce a research-based essay. Complete a log and give a presentation at the end. Some taught skills sessions plus 1:1 supervisor meetings. A topic of your choice (you don’t have to know what you want to do to start this course!)

The Benefits of the EPQ

The EPQ will help you to demonstrate to both Universities and future employers that you are able to work independently. It will also help you to develop essential skills required for study at a higher level:

  • Working with others
  • Working to deadlines
  • Planning and management of a project
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills

The skills that you develop through the EPQ are excellent preparation for university-level study. Students can refer to the EPQ in their UCAS personal statements and interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for.

Another benefit of the EPQ is you don’t have to revise and prepare for an exam but it will give you the same UCAS tariff as an AS exam. It can also help to further your knowledge in one or more of you examination subjects and enrich your performance in that exam.

TOPICS PREVIOUSLY STUDIED

  • Is it possible to eradicate fears?
  • Are the younger generation to blame for the extinction of traditional rural crafts?
  • The most influential design aspect of the international America’s Cup Class 72 for the best velocity.
  • The 1950’s – Britain’s most iconic fashion decade.
  • What is the most effective poison to kill my brother?
  • Is it justified to sacrifice liberty for security?
  • Zara Sinclair – The Musical
  • Organising a charity ball
  • Can solar weather be predicted?

“The skills I gained during my EPQ will be invaluable at university in terms of time management and effective planning which will ensure that everything is finished by a set date.” – Kim, EPQ student

“The skills that students develop through the Extended Project are excellent preparation for university-level study. Students can refer to the Extended Project in the UCAS personal statements and at interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for. As a research-intensive university, the University of Manchester is very supportive of the skills the Extended Project encourages learners to develop.”