EPQ is short for Extended Project Qualification. It provides you with an opportunity to extend your abilities beyond your A-level course, stand out and prepare for university or your next steps. An EPQ is an independent research project based upon a topic of your choosing.
As the project evolves, you will complete a production log to record specific stages of the project and this also contributes to your end result. The final component of the project is an oral presentation.
EPQ teaches you some key high-level skills that individual A-level courses don’t have time to include, and many students say it adds considerable interest to their sixth form programme.
However, there are also several major benefits to completing an EPQ when it comes to applying to university. At its simplest, EPQ helps you with UCAS points - EPQ is valued at 50% of a full A-level in the UCAS tariff. But perhaps the greatest advantage of an EPQ is in helping convince top universities to make you an offer.
EPQ provides very clear evidence that you have interests and abilities which go beyond the A-Level curriculum. It demonstrates clearly that you are capable of undertaking the kind of independent reading, research and essay writing that is the mainstay of most undergraduate degrees.