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Extended Project Qualification


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides an excellent opportunity to independently research and write about or create an ‘artefact’ on a topic of your choice. Your teacher will advise and mentor you, as well as help you develop your skills in organisation, research, presentation and reflection.

  • You can pursue your topic interest in depth, perhaps in an area related to your higher education direction.
  • The EPQ is graded A*-E and is worth the equivalent of half an A Level (up to 28 UCAS points).
  • Some universities will give a lower offer to students who are taking the EPQ; others will provide additional funding.
  • Employers see the EPQ as evidence of maturity and the ability to self-manage

I found the EPQ a great experience which challenged my intellectual boundaries by inciting independent research and exploration of a topic of my choosing. It's a great opportunity to study personal interests as well as prepare for higher education. It really helped me with skills such as referencing and forming a bibliography, which are invaluable at university.

Nadia Ash, ex Student

Course Essentials

Enquiries To
Helen Chong: hjc@varndean.ac.uk