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Extended Project Qualification - EPQ

EPQ Update: March 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, we have made the decision to alter the deadlines for EPQ coursework for the current Year 12 cohort. We will also be providing resources to our current Year 11s who are planning to return to Trinity Sixth Form in the autumn term.

We would encourage Year 12 to use their time at home to work productively on their EPQ.

Online resources will be made available via SMH. These will include the following:

  • Video resources
  • Access to supervision
  • Guidance to completing the Production Log

What is the EPQ?

The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is an increasingly popular additional qualification equivalent to half an A-Level (28 UCAS points).  The course requires students to conduct their own independent research project culminating in a 5,000 word dissertation, investigation, artefact or performance. Students also submit a reflective log of their project, which encourages evaluation and reflection skills.

Students are free to choose the topic of their EPQ; it does not need to link their A-Level studies. This makes it an attractive option for students and universities, as it enables applicants to demonstrate their wider interests and concerns.  There is no final exam for the EPQ. Instead, this unique qualification focuses on process and independent study.

What are the benefits of completing an EPQ?

Trinity School Sevenoaks is dedicated to securing the best possible future for our students and we encourage all of our Sixth Form students to complete an EPQ qualification in addition to their A-Level programme. The only exceptions to this are:

  • if the student has completed the EPQ qualification before
  • If the student is planning to study four A-Level subjects to completion

It is widely acknowledged that the skills of independent study, project management and research are developed in depth over an EPQ course. Such skills provide excellent preparation for university-level study or employment.  Furthermore, it is of note that while the EPQ only started in 2008, many universities have already introduced new standard admissions statements that explicitly encourage students to complete the project. This encouragement is often in the form of a reduced conditional offer for students who have a Grade A or better in their EPQ. Universities place high value on students who have proven they can deal with the required dissertation element of most degree-level qualifications. In addition, students who refer to their EPQ in personal statements and university interviews frequently make valuable contributions to their application.

Trinity School use AQA exam board for the EPQ. More information relating to the course specification, past papers and mark schemes is available on their website at the below address:

What do the students have to produce?

Students have the choice to complete a practical or written piece of research.

  • A detailed reflective ‘Production Log’ documenting their research process
  • Evidence of project planning
  • An academic, fully referenced written thesis (5,000 words) or an artefact (practical piece of research) and accompanying academic report
  • Evidence of a live presentation of their research (this usually takes the form of a printed PPT and accompanying cue cards)

If students choose to make a practical piece of research culminating in an artefact, they will need to write an accompanying academic report. The minimum word count of this is 1,000 words, however the norm is much more.

What might an EPQ project look like?

An EPQ project can take many forms. The requirements are that it must be a critically informed piece of research. This could culminate in any of the following outcomes:

  • Design – a toy/vehicle/website/stage set/blueprint of an invention
  • Performance – a concert/play/debate/event
  • Report with findings from an investigation – working with disadvantaged people/scientific study/ geography fieldwork/business venture
  • Artefact – artwork/costumes for a film or play/ working model/video game/educational game
  • Dissertation – critical analysis of the work of an author or film director

How are Students Supported?

Each student completing an EPQ is allocated a supervisor. Supervisors act as a coach or mentor, guiding the student through the process of their research. As an independent project, it is the students responsibility to arrange meetings with their

Students requiring extra support can also email Dr. Barford, the EPQ coordinator.


Year 12 EPQ Deadlines 2020/2021

Current Year 12 (starting Year 13 in September 2020)

Planning Review

April 15 2020

Mid-Project Review

May 15 2020

Project Product Review

September 15 2020

Presentation Part A

October 15 2020

Presentation Part B

October 15 2020

Summary and Reflection

November 15 2020

Student Entries

December 2020

Internal Submission

December 2020

Internal Marking

January 2021

Internal Standardisation

February 2021

Opportunity for Review

March 2021

Submission of Marks AQA

15 May 2021


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