EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self directed and self motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea. The project title must not overlap with their other A Level specifications.

Students begin working on their project in the October of Year 12 and submit their work for the November exam season in Year 13. Students undertaking EPQ should have good English and written communication skills to undertake EPQ. Students develop resilience and time management and must have a passion for their chosen topic to study.

Examples of EPQ investigations in the past have been:

Joan of Arc

Antibiotic resistance

Sex trafficking in Eastern Europe

The impact of performance enhancing drugs on sporting achievements

A comparison on the usefulness of the applications of Quantum

Mechanics and Relativity today and in the future

The possibilities are endless!


EPQ is 100% coursework. Students complete a 5,000 word essay, produce a candidate log which documents the entire process and deliver a presentation to a small non specialist audience. It is graded A* – E.

What Next?

Universities recognise the commitment that students make to this qualification and the learning skills that students develop throughout the project. EPQ complements any subject combination.

EPQ – Extended Project Qualification Subject Leader: Mrs N Johnstone

Syllabus: AQA

Course Specification: Qualification: EPQ 7993

EPQ Level 3 – equivalent to half an A Level