The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) gives you the opportunity to independently research and write a 5 - 6,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice in year 2. You will have the support of a project supervisor who will advise and guide you as well as help you develop your own organisational and research skills.
The EPQ allows you to fully develop the skills and experiences that are useful for progression to university and it offers the chance to go beyond the boundaries of A level subjects. It means that you can pursue a particular area of academic interest in depth, perhaps in a topic related to your higher education direction.
"We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education."- Cambridge University
"The EPQ will provide an applicant with the opportunity to develop research and academic skills relevant for study at Oxford. Candidates are encouraged to draw upon their experience of undertaking the project when writing their personal statement, particularly if the topic is allied to their chosen degree course."- Oxford University