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Go further with the Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is your chance to stretch yourself academically and investigate a topic that fascinates you.

The EPQ is a self-directed research project undertaken from January of Lower Sixth to December of Upper Sixth. It is a standalone qualification that is worth 70 UCAS points or half a full A-level. Students have a free choice of subject – while the topic might complement your A-level subjects the research must be original and look beyond the core curriculum.

Your research findings will normally be presented as a 5,000 word dissertation, although other formats may be appropriate, eg an artwork or the delivery of an event, supported by a 1,000 word report. Candidates will also have to make a presentation to a non-specialist audience and be prepared to take questions from the floor.

Your work will be assessed to the standard expected of an A-level candidate ie Year 13. The assessment criteria will include your management of the project, use of resources, analysis and presentation of findings, achievement of objectives and your own evaluation of the work undertaken.

GSAL is well equipped to offer you all the support and learning resources you will need. Each student will be allocated a project supervisor in school and have access to excellent resources in the Lawson Library with expert guidance from library staff. Students will be offered training in research and ICT skills with our own staff as well as academics from the University of Leeds.

Andrea Walker, Head of Careers & EPQ Coordinator

The EPQ is your opportunity to differentiate yourself from other university applicants. Universities have welcomed the introduction of the EPQ – they are looking for an ‘X factor’ in applicants and the EPQ can be just that. Successful completion will demonstrate that you have the key skills fundamental for success at university – writing, research, referencing, independent critical thinking and self-motivation.

Or, if you prefer to chat to someone please call our admissions team. For Senior School call 0113 228 5121 and for Primary School call 0113 228 5113.