Why undertake the Extended Projects Qualification (EPQ)?

Through the EPQ, Year 2 students have the opportunity to carry out some genuine research on a topic of their choosing that equips them with the skills of investigation, analysis and synthesis which universities and employers want.

Why undertake an EPQ at Worcester Sixth Form College?

Extended Projects involves Year 2 students identifying, designing, planning and then completing an individual project on a topic of their choosing. To do this they obtain and select information from a range of sources and then:

  1. Write a dissertation or investigation; create an artefact or performance using appropriate skills and technology
  2. Evaluate the project including reviewing their own performance and presenting their findings to an audience

Each student is allocated a supervisor who will meet regularly with them to help them throughout all stages of the project. Alongside this, there will be some lessons in which the skills required for a successful EPQ will be taught. Please note, the Extended Project Qualification is open to second year students only.

Progression Opportunities

Universities regard the EPQ highly and recognise the UCAS points from it. Many universities now make offers including the EPQ, with an increasing number of universities giving lower offers if a student has done one. Some take the EPQ into account if their offer has not been met. The project also provides a focus for interview should the student be offered one.

It carries UCAS tariff points as follows:

  • A* 28
  • A 24
  • B 20
  • C 16
  • D 12
  • E 8

Students doing the EPQ progress on to a wide variety of higher education courses, ranging from Medicine and Dentistry through the Sciences and Engineering, to the Social Sciences and Arts.

Joe Palmer

Joe Palmer

EPQ - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I decided to do an EPQ as it allowed me to begin to prepare for academic research and dissertation writing at university. An advantage of the EPQ is that it allows you to conduct indepth, personalised research. My EPQ links extremely well with my other subjects. It combines the topical current affairs knowledge which I have gained in A Level Politics, and builds on the textual analysis skills needed in A Level English Literature. For my EPQ I decided to study the Just War Theory, which is a way to ethically justify going to war, and the way it applies to the current war in Syria. The EPQ is a real asset in your application to universities, as it shows you have a willingness to learn beyond the classroom, and you have a grounding in independent thought. I hope to build on what I’ve learnt in my EPQ by studying International Relations at university. This may lead me to go on to teach international relations in a higher education setting, or prepare me for careers such as joining the foreign office.

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