Bolton School Sixth Form Boys

The Extended Project Qualification

What is the Extended project Qualification and how will I be assessed?

 The EPQ is a stand-alone AS level equivalent qualification that allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product. 

We encourage creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to a student’s main study programme, but should look beyond the specification. A finished product may take the form of a:

  • research based written report
  • production* (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event etc)
  • an artefact* (e.g. piece of art, a computer game or realised design)

*A written report must accompany these options

Students must also record their project process in their Production Log. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Both the Production Log and Product will be assessed. Boys will also present their project to an audience of their peers.

This additional qualification will be appropriate for some, but not all, Bolton School boys depending on their ability, aptitudes, interests and intended H.E. courses.  A significant proportion of entrants will opt not to complete it.

Preparation starts in Spring of Year 12, with completion of the extended project by the first half of the Spring term of Year 13.

Desirable requirements

To do well you will have to demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen topic and be prepared to work independently. The bulk of the research and writing will take place during the summer vacation of Year 12.

Selection for the EPQ

The purpose of selecting students is simply to be sure that the qualification is well-suited to individuals and provides a genuine opportunity for study and enrichment rather than an additional burden. 

There will be a section on the option choices form to indicate an interest in the EPQ.


Research for the EPQ

Boys have achieved highly in their Extended Project Qualifications