The EPQ is a stand alone qualification that allows students to extend and develop their skills in independent research and project management. The project allows students to research an area of interest in depth and leads to the acquisition of skills that will not only assist with A level studies, but also will prepare students for undergraduate study or their future career.

The qualification is very popular with universities, and often leads to lower offers being made for undergraduate entry.


Students will receive up to 30 hours tuition during Year 12 in their teaching and learning and EPQ sessions. Skills covered will include: effective note taking, researching, referencing and producing effective presentations. The completion of the assessed components will be carried out independently by the student during their own study time either at school or at home.


The EPQ is assessed by completion of:

A log book, as set out by the examination board, to detail the student’s EPQ journey.

Either a written specialist report of a minimum 5000 words, or  an artefact with a written specialist report of a minimum of 1000 words.

A presentation.

The EPQ is worth half an A level and is graded from A* to E. The EPQ can be used to earn extra UCAS points. 


An increasing number of universities are including the EPQ in their offers to students. “Nearly 1 in 5 successful applicants to Durham had completed the EPQ”  – The Sunday Times

Examination board website

All students at Harington School will have the opportunity to complete the EPQ.