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The Extended Project Qualification provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A Level syllabus, stand out and prepare for university and their future careers. It can also be used to earn extra UCAS points, and is worth the equivalent of half of a full A level qualification.


The EPQ is a stand-alone qualification which allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects. Students make use of their intellectual curiosity and their passions.  Through taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project, or an individual role in a group project, students will:

  • become more critical, reflective and independent learners;
  • develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills;
  • increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills;
  • learn to apply new technologies confidently; and
  • demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.

At Rishworth, Lower 6th students prepare for the EPQ during their timetabled Enhanced Curriculum lessons.  All are expected to complete the certification online Research Project course from the University of Southampton.  Along with the other activities within these lessons, students complete (more than) the specified 30 hours of the Taught Curriculum required for this course. Students work alongside their supervisor to submit their EPQ proposals before the end of the Lower 6th.  Independent study then begins in earnest!  Final EPQ are presented to an audience in either November or April of the Upper 6th.  A selection of our recent final titles are below, all scoring between A* and B.