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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: we start the course in June of Year 12 and you need to be progressing well in your other A- level subjects to undertake the EPQ.


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At Silverdale Sixth Form we offer the chance to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Level 3 to all Year 12 students. We start the EPQ course in the summer of Year 12 and complete it in Year 13.

The EPQ is a project-based piece of research, rather like a mini-thesis. It is worth the same UCAS points as an AS level (up to 28 UCAS points) and is very popular with universities as a qualification.

Students may opt to write a 5,000 word essay plus presentation on a subject of their choice, or to produce an artefact, for instance a film or piece of art plus a 1,000 word commentary.

In 2016 we had 34 students undertaking the EPQ, with projects that ranged from an investigation into the influence of colour on sports performance to the efficiency of the effect of badger culling on the reduction of TB in cattle. In 2017 95% of students taking EPQ achieved A*, A or B grades.

EPQ students have the use of the Western Bank library and the course is very closely linked with Silverdale’s own library where taught sessions are delivered on Wednesday afternoons by the librarian. Each student also has their own individual supervisor.

We have a catalogued collection of past projects on a great variety of subjects, from the effect of caffeine on running performance to an exploration of the sensational success of the Harry Potter series.

We are keen to encourage a wide range of students to consider this qualification.


How to apply

Students will be asked to apply during the summer term of Year 12.