The EPQ may be studied in either year 12 or year 13, and is a stand alone qualification, equivalent in UCAS points to half of a full A level. Students have a free choice in the question they wish to use as the title of their EPQ, and will be given guidance on forming this question in the first half term. They can choose to produce either an extended (5,000 word) research based essay, or an artefact, performance or field study supported with a 1,500 word research report.
Who is this qualification aimed at?
The EPQ has been developed alongside many of the UK’s leading Universities to help students develop and then demonstrate independent learning skills. It can help those students wishing to gain places at leading institutions stand out from other applicants. It can also help those students who may not secure enough UCAS points from their 3 main courses. In recent years Universities have made lower offers to students who complete the EPQ. However students are encouraged to contact their intended University to discuss their individual approach to this qualification.
Key Content and Dates
Choosing Your Question
Students should carry out some independent research in support of their chosen question, to identify if there is readily available academic research to support their project.
Students are allocated a project supervisor at the end of this half term and will have an hour with this supervisor added to their timetable
Leeds University EPQ Workshop – ALL STUDENTS – Monday October 15th p1-4
Project Proposal Agreed – Friday 19th October
Planning and Research
Students must plan their time, as they are expected to be spending 3 hours per week on the EPQ in addition to their hour with their supervisor. Planning and Research Skills will be taught in supervision sessions, and all tutorial material will be made available through the Project Q website. Students must also complete their Project Log (Candidate Record Form) using Project Q throughout the process
Researching and Writing
Students will be beginning to work on their product, and finalising the research which backs this up. The following key deadlines must be met this half term.
First 500 Words and Project Plan submitted – Friday January 18th
Students will only be entered for the EPQ if they meet this deadline, however it is important to note that withdrawal from the EPQ after January incurs a fee, which increases closer to the April submission date.
Leeds University Workshop – Tuesday 22nd January p1-4
Producing your EPQ outcome
Students will spend this half term producing their essay/artefact/performance/field study. Their project supervisor will meet with them to discuss progress, and the students own targets and timeplan
Submitting your EPQ
Project activity completion Wednesday 24th April
Project Presentation and Review Thursday April 25th to Tuesday April 30th