Level 3 Extended Project Qualification

Do you want to challenge yourself beyond your A levels? Do you want to capitalise upon an interest to prepare yourself for university and the world of work? Do you want to earn extra UCAS points?

The EPQ is a unique programme of study. It is intended to give you the opportunity to gain a qualification based on an outside interest, club or hobby that can be related to something you study but might also be something completely different. In this way, a student studying Biology might want to do a project on stem cell research but may also consider a project on an interest such as Irish music; both would be equally valid. You formulate your project yourself, and you will be helped and guided by a supervisor in college. You will then meet regularly with your supervisor through the project management phase, and eventually deliver a ‘product’ of A level standard. Therefore, if you want to make a cuddly toy that speaks Mandarin, write a report investigating the effects of volcanic activity, or create an audio.

Examination Board & Specification: EPQ AQA Level 3 7993 Assessment method: Final Project

The student will:

  • identify, design, plan and complete an individual project, applying a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet agreed objectives
  • obtain, critically select and use information from a range of sources; analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of the topic
  • select and use a range of skills, solve problems, take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes
  • evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed objectives and own learning and performance.
  • Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions in appropriate format.

The EPQ enables you to embark on largely self-directed projects. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project), you will become a more critical, reflective and independent learner; you will develop and apply decision making and problem solving skills; you will hone your planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills; you will learn to confidently apply new technologies and demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.

Undertaking an EPQ can also deliver other benefits. For instance, it can increase your motivation by studying a topic of personal interest, enable you to apply your new skills to other areas of study and transfer the new skills you have developed into other areas of study.