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EPQ • Extended Project Qualification

  • The EPQ is a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 which is taken alongside A-levels in year 12
  • Is equivalent to half an A-level and may help boost your university application and university interviews
  • It is a free-standing qualification that can go towards UCAS tariff  points (although not all universities take the points)
  • The EPQ will help you to develop skills you need for university,  apprenticeships and work
  • Learn how to work independently and effectively on your own project, as well as developing planning skills and time management
  • Build your abilities in conducting research, referencing, writing academically and presenting your work
  • Reflect on your work and suggest improvements
  • The EPQ is a ‘journey’ of personal progression and universities value this a lot

What does the EPQ involve?

  1. Choose a topic of genuine interest : can expand one or more of your study areas however, must NOT be covered by your actual A-level courses
  2. Throughout your EPQ journey you will be supervised by a teacher of the school who will ultimately judge the quality of your project
  3. EPQ ‘taught-element’- 1 hour on Monday after school (3.10- 4.10 pm) from w/c on 3rd October to end of June
  4. EPQ independent research: learning how to research and work independently is the foundation of the EPQ and you have to commit to serious work, without compromising your A-level studies

Your EPQ Journey


Mrs Foxon- Teacher of Science and EPQ Coordinator 

  • ​A-Level in Maths, Chemistry, Biology, History and Italian language
  • Degree in Biochemistry & Molecular/Cell Biology 
  • Worked for many years  in Cancer Research at Imperial College London