The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a stand-alone qualification worth up to 70 UCAS points. You will choose your own area of interest to study and research independently and produce either a 5000-word report or a working ‘artefact’ followed by a 1000 word report.
Universities love the EPQ as it is a perfect example of the kind of skills you will be expected to utilise in your undergraduate degree. Think of it as a mini dissertation. During your sixth form studies lessons, you will be taught the essential skills needed to complete a successful EPQ; these skills include critical thinking, research, analysis and presentation skills.
You will be allocated a supervisor who will guide you through your EPQ journey and give you prompts to keep you on track. However, you are entirely responsible for your work. Don’t be surprised if your supervisor isn’t an expert in your chosen area – your supervisor should be learning from you!
The EPQ offers you the chance to have complete control over your studies. The project is flexible, meaning you can prioritise it around your other subjects and you have full ownership. You can even decide on the presentation of your project – it could take the form of a model, a report, a show, a piece of artwork…it’s up to you.
You really can explore anything you are interested in: baking, rugby, architecture, fashion, product design, literature, gaming…the choice is endless!
Link to specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/projects/aqa-certificate/EPQ-7993
Examiner report: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-7993-WRE-NOV15.PDF
Production log: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/admin/crf_pdf/AQA-7993-CRF-17.PDF
EPQ Contact: Mrs B Goodacre firstname.lastname@example.org .uk