Boost your CV and enhance your personal statement while carrying out an independent project on a topic you love. The EPQ is equivalent to half an A Level, but it’ so much more than an extra qualification. The Extended Project Qualification showcases to employers and universities that you’re an independent learner, able to manage a project, solve problems, organise your time, conduct original research and produce a high-quality product. In fact, this additional qualification is so highly valued that some universities will even lower their grade boundaries for you if you achieve a high EPQ grade!
Independence is key with the EQP, meaning you get to choose what you’d like to study and how you’d like to study it. The topic can be related to your other subjects or can be something completely different and you can decide how you present your final product. You can…
- write a dissertation
- create an artefact
- produce a performance, or
- carry out an investigation.
If you decide to carry out the EQP you’ll start at the end of Year 1 of your Level 3 course, giving you time to think about your goals after Long Road and tailor your EPQ to help achieve these dreams. Although the EPQ is largely independent study, you’ll have a specialised EQP tutor to keep you on track and regular lessons to help you to understand the requirements of the qualification.
Recent examples of EPQs include:
- A leaflet promoting mental health awareness
- The restoration of a derelict bicycle
- A recipe book for students
- A performance of a stand-up comedy routine
- A dissertation considering whether or not graffiti should be legalised
- A computer built from scratch for under £600
- A music speaker made from a beer keg
- A children’s book explaining the impact of climate change
- An investigation into the impact of music on reaction times when driving
- An analysis of Apple’s business model
- A dissertation considering the ethics of using stem cells in scientific research.