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School Leaver / 16 - 18 yr Old A-levels

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) (With A-levels)

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a Level 3 course which is taken alongside the SECOND YEAR of your A-Levels. It cannot be taken in Year 12.

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  • Course Description

    You will be required to complete a project based on a research topic of your choice. It can be related to a subject outside of your current areas of study.

    You will:

    • Identify, design, plan and complete an individual project.

    • Apply a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet agreed objectives.

    • Obtain, critically select and use select information from a range of sources.

    • Analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of the topic.

    • Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies where appropriate, solve problems, take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes.

    • Evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed objectives and own learning and performance.

    • Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions in appropriate format.
  • Entry Requirements

    You will need:

    • 5 or more GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) and above, including English Language and Maths
    • Grade 5 (B) and above in your chosen subjects (where possible)
    • You will also need to be on the second year of the A-Level Programme. You cannot take the EPQ on your first year of the Programme.
  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    1 year

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Level 3 Extended Project Qualification Studies: Exam Board: AQA

    How is my course assessed?

    Students will have a taught element supported by appropriate texts and computer software. The completed production log, the project product, including a written element and any other evidence, and the presentation are assessed internally and then moderated externally by AQA.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 1 year


Tabitha Kaye

A-levels: English Language and Literature, History, Business and Media

“I have had such an amazing experience doing my A-Levels at CWA, I especially enjoyed sharing my journey with staff and other students. I can’t thank the staff enough for inspiring me and offering me unconditional support throughout my A-Levels. I couldn’t have done it without them and I feel it is important that staff are recognised for their efforts.”

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