Extended Project Qualification

Extended Project Qualification

Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (7993)

What is EPQ?

The extended project or EPQ is an amazing opportunity for Sixth Form students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus, stand out and prepare for university or their future career. It can also be used to earn extra UCAS points.

What will I do?

Work for your EPQ is independent and you will either produce a 5000 word research project or an artefact supported by a 1000 word research report. You will also give an assessed presentation and produce a portfolio of evidence showing how you developed your idea, managed resources and evaluated outcomes.

What support will I get?

At Writhlington students are supported through their independent EPQ with one timetabled lesson a week, visits to Southampton University to develop research skills and use University library and online services. Your EPQ will be coordinated through Google Classroom so that you have a feedback conversation with your supervisors throughout your project.

What sort of title can I choose?

You can choose any topic you are interested in except for areas closely covered in your A level subjects. Some examples from last year include:

  • Are Referendums the best way to make decisions when the public has elected a government of paid ‘professionals’ to do just that?
  • How can the power and efficiency of modern internal combustion engines be improved?
  • Have the new laws and regulations in child protection and safeguarding made teaching certain sports such as swimming unrealistic if not impossible?
  • Do the forces exerted on the human body when bouncing on a trampoline pose a danger to preschool age children who take part in trampoline gymnastics?
  • Flight of the bumblebee
  • Are serial killers born or made?

What outcome can I expect?

In the past results at Writhlington have been excellent with 73% of students gaining A* to B in 2017. Students have also found their EPQ valuable when writing personal statements, CVs or attending interview.