EPQ Level 3 is a qualification that comprises a single piece of work, of your choosing, that shows evidence of planning, preparation and research and involves the delivery of a presentation. It is equivalent to about half the size of an A Level study programme and will be graded on a six point scale of A* to E. The work submitted may include: a design; a report; a dissertation; an artefact or a performance.

One of the key aspects of undertaking the EPQ is tracking your own progress throughout the project. You have to keep a log of everything you do that goes in to completing the project and you also have to explain any modifications or changes that you make along the way. The ability to overcome any obstacles and make appropriate decision making is vital to a successful EPQ. 40% of the marks are awarded for demonstrating these skills. Project management is also very important in the planning of the project, which is awarded 10% of the marks. Similarly, showcasing using a range of research skills is awarded 10% of the marks and the final 10% is given to evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the project. Each student will be allocated a Supervisor once they have identified their chosen topic.

Students selected for completing the project need to have the following:

  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Willingness to put effort and time in to the project
  • Good independent working skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • How far was the Soviet Union until 1939 a betrayal of Marxist Theory?
  • The engineer and significance of the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • The Stream of Consciousness: Its inheritance and legacy.
  • Period Drama: A Modern Fascination
  • Is cardiovascular disease the number one killer in the UK?
  • Why does the positioning of functional groups affect the function of drug molecules?
  • Breaking the Strangles hold – an investigation into the equine disease known as ‘The Strangles’
  • The Credit Crunch and its effects on Higher Education
  • To what extent are the laws on ‘assisted dying’ still applicable to modern day beliefs and how important is the effect that religion has on these beliefs?

The course enables students to extend their planning, research, critical thinking, presentation, synthesis and evaluation skills. Students have autonomy in the choice and design of an extended piece of work. The knowledge and skills gained provide valuable additional evidence for higher education applications, UCAS personal statements and at interview. Students who have completed the EPQ and moved on to higher education have found it easier to bridge the gap. They have become used to independent study and being self-motivated and they have developed confidence in their own ability to succeed.

For more information contact SPiggott@cchsg.com or see The AQA EPQ site