The EPQ is a self-directed and self-motivated project that carries UCAS points and is worth half an A level. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea, and decide on their finished product. This qualification is desirable by many universities across the UK.
“We recognise the EPQ as valuable proof of your capacity for independent learning, as well as your passion for the subject you want to study at a higher level. So when we see it on your UCAS application, it shows us that you are serious.”
Creativity and curiosity is encouraged and whilst the project topic may be directly related to a student’s main study programme it should look beyond the specification. A finished product may take the form of:
- A research based written report
- A production (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event etc.)
- An artefact (e.g. piece of art, a computer game or realised design)
A written report must accompany these options and students must also record their project progress in their production log. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Students will also be required to present their project to a small audience. The production log, product and presentation all form part of the assessment.
Each candidate will be assigned a supervisor who will meet with the student to review initial ideas, agree the student’s working title and proposal and complete the supervisor’s sections in the production log. They will meet with each student for regular reviews and assess the project holistically applying AQA assessment objectives.
Mr Phil Grant
Head of EPQ