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Extended Project Qualification

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is worth slightly more than half an A-level in UCAS points. It involves students choosing a topic, carrying out research, then creating either a 5,000 word report or an ‘artefact’ and a report of more than 1,000 words. In November students are required to give a presentation about their project, which is also assessed.

Year 12 students taking three A-levels are expected to undertake an EPQ or put together a proposal for another project that takes the equivalent amount of time (90 independent hours). Students undertaking more than three A-levels can choose to do an EPQ. The course runs from January to December, and students are taught skills such as researching, note-taking, referencing, time management and structuring academic reports, which will help them at university.

The qualification can also support students’ UCAS submissions as universities often give ‘dual offers’ (either A/A/A or A/A/B and an A in the EPQ).

Hurst’s EPQs are wonderfully diverse as an EPQ can be on almost any subject, as long as there is a research component.