The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a Level 3 qualification, worth the equivalent UCAS points of half an A Level. The EPQ is based upon a topic chosen by the student, often extending from one or more of the student’s study areas, or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. The EPQ involves teaching of the necessary skills, supervision and assessment of the student’s progress, however the work is autonomously undertaken by the student.
Students undertaking the EPQ can submit either a research-based written report or can opt to produce a practical project or ‘artefact’ with an accompanying shorter research based written report.
An artefact can be a physical outcome such as a book or a short film or it can be a presentation to a specific audience, a play, it could be an event such as a fashion show or a musical evening. In fact there is almost no limit to what can constitute an artefact, as long as it has research at its core. What all artefact projects have in common is that they must have a clear research aim/purpose and be well evaluated. More details and examples of project titles will be shared during the course.
The EPQ is driven by the individual student, they are required (with appropriate supervision) to:
choose an area of interest
draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the centre
plan, research and carry out the project
deliver a presentation to a non specialist audience
provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.
The Stephen Perse Foundation administers the EPQ through the AQA exam board. Students are required to undertake taught study skills that form part of the 120 hours of dedication to the project.
A student project is assessed against four assessment objectives, based upon how a student:
manages the project
uses data and analysis to support the project
develops and takes their project to realisation
Presents, evaluates, and reflects upon their project
The evidence for assessment will comprise the following:
• The completed Production Log and Assessment Record including the Project Proposal Form, Presentation Record and Candidate Record Form.
• the project product including a written report and any other evidence, as appropriate, depending on the topic or subject area chosen.
Starting September 2020 Specification https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-W-7993-SP-19.PDF)
AQA EPQ Level 3 Resources (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/projects/project-qualifications/EPQ-7993)
AQA EPQ Past Papers & Mark Schemes (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/projects/project-qualifications/EPQ-7993/past-papers-and-mark-schemes)
EPQ Coordinator Chris Woodey
Chris is a trained geography teacher with a non-teaching, but educationally focused background. After gaining his MA in Geography in the U.S.A., he has worked in higher education in teaching and administrative roles, and has significant experience working for NGOs in Guatemala, Easter Africa, and the U.A.E.. These roles have provided him with experiences working on poverty alleviation, assisting developing world communities deliver primary education, and conservation in the Gulf of Arabia. Coupling his previous experiences with his curiosity, he really enjoys the EPQ for the diversity of topics that arise and the interest driven by the students to learn something that they are truly passionate about.