The EPQ is offered to students as a Level 3 stand-alone course which would be taken in addition to a 3 A level or BTEC programme. It may be carried out individually or as a group and can be practical or essay based. The course provides students with the opportunity to select a topic that they are particularly interested in and conduct both primary and secondary research. EPQ will develop and improve students’ own learning and performance as a critical, reflective and independent learner. The course also helps develop skills such as planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
Students select a topic of their choice, design and carry out research and reflect on the project process. They are required to complete an essay (between 1,000-5,000 words), logbook and presentation for formal assessment.
All universities value a student’s ability to research and analyse material independently. Many students choose a topic linked to their university course choice.
The EPQ is a highly respected course which is designed to enhance the student’s ability to work independently through the development and utilisation of a series of academic skills, all of which are beneficial to future study and employment.
In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:
The EPQ is offered to all second year students.