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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a qualification open to students in England and Wales and is equivalent to half an A level.

The EPQ qualification takes dedication and commitment and requires pupils to produce either a dissertation (5,000 words), music or drama composition or report/artefact (supported by full paperwork). The EPQ is greatly valued by universities because it supports the development of independent research skills that are needed at the next level of education. An increasing number of universities make lower grade offers to those who have achieved a strong result in an EPQ.

Extended Project Qualification is the equivalent to half an A-level (28 UCAS points) and therefore can be used by pupils to earn extra UCAS points and provides an additional area of expertise supporting university applications.

In 2020, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results were outstanding with 50% of projects awarded A* grades, 81% A* – A grades and 100% awarded A* – B grades. These exceptional results were achieved by our largest ever EPQ cohort of 42 students who produced dissertations and artefacts to answer a diverse range of questions.

Claire Brown, EPQ Coordinator said; “We were very impressed by the quality of the projects this year, the range of topics and of course the fantastic results. The interest in EPQs has grown enormously this year. Students now realise how important this is to demonstrate to universities that they are capable of independent research and dissertation writing.”

Students are able to research any topic which is of interest to them and this leads to a rich variety of outcomes. Some of our students previous EPQ project topics were:

  • Through which scheme can solar energy best supplement the generation of electricity in the UK?
  • Has dealing with mental health issues and the pressures of being an international cricketer made members of the England women’s cricket team better players?
  • To what extent can cleft palate be prevented?
  • Are the moral messages portrayed in the Classic Disney Princess films more important than the gender stereotypes?
  • Is the legacy of the British Empire mainly positive or negative?

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