The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a standalone qualification with significant UCAS value. It is highly respected by universities because it helps to develop independent learning skills.

The EPQ is a research-based qualification based on a self-selected project and is an ideal way for students to study something they are interested in but is not part of their main curriculum, or an area that will contribute to their university course or a future career. Students research a subject of their choosing before producing a dissertation, investigation, performance or artefact. Last year’s topic included To what extent is the use of antimicrobial drugs in agriculture a good practice? and How does the environment affect genetically identical organisms?

Completing an EPQ teaches essential research and writing skills and the qualification is invaluable on a personal statement, CV or at interview.

Leweston students achieve excellent results in the EPQs – in 2020 100% of those students completing an EPQ achieved A* and in the past four years all EPQ entries have achieved A* to B grades.

Although projects are individually-driven, students receive one-to-one guidance to support the requirements of their title.