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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The Extended Project Qualification, or EPQ, is a long-form project in which students choose their own project title, allowing them to carry out extensive research in an area of the student's own interest. 

Favoured highly due to its close replication to university tasks, students can choose to produce an artefact or formal written report. 

Course Content

The EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product.

A final outcome must also be produced as a result of their intensive research. 
This can take one of the following forms:

  1. An artefact (piece of art, product, music, video etc.) accompanied by a 1,000 word report.
  2. A 5,000 word formal written report.

Students are also required to:

  • Choose an area of interest and draft a project title and aims.
  • Plan, research and carry out the project.
  • Keep a production log of all stages of the project production, reviewing and evaluating progress.
  • Complete the project product.
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation.
  • Review the outcome of their project and presentation



Since this course is part of the APEX programme, students must meet the minimum entry requirements to be an A-Level student with us: 5 GCSEs grade 9-5, including maths and English.


This course is widely recognised and highly valued by universities, including Russell Group universities, for its demonstration of independent research and study skills. As a result, students who undertake the EPQ in addition to their A-Level programme are often sought out by universities.