EPQ: The Secret Weapon for Standout University Applications
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an independent learning opportunity unlike anything available in the school curriculum. It is a research-based A-Level equivalent qualification that is usually taken in Year 12 or 13. Students can undertake broadly three different types of projects, including a researched-based essay of 5,000 words, a performance/production supported by a written report, or an artefact/product supported by a written report. The EPQ requires approximately 120 hours of work and must include a Production Log and an oral presentation.
At Avernus Education, we offer online EPQ courses that provide students with expert guidance and mentorship throughout the process. Our EPQ courses are designed to help students build academic confidence, prepare for further education, and foster skills such as independent learning, critical thinking, and research. Completing an EPQ can increase your chances of admission to top UK universities by earning up to 28 UCAS points, equivalent to half an A-level. Universities also make lower A-level offers to those taking the EPQ, such as AAA -> AAB+(A) in EPQ.
"Students who complete the EPQ demonstrate a strong commitment to their education and a willingness to take on independent study. This is a valuable asset when applying to university," says Mike Strickland, Head of Education at Avernus Education. "Top UK universities like Cambridge University, Oxford University, Imperial College, London School of Economics (LSE), and University College London (UCL) strongly recommend the EPQ as it showcases a student's passion for a topic or subject and demonstrates their research skills," he adds.
Choosing a subject for your EPQ is crucial, and it should be something that you are interested in and enjoy. It's never too early to start, and the summer holidays are a vital time to get the bulk of your research done. "At Avernus Education, we offer full EPQ mentorship for students whose schools do not offer it, as well as advance tuition for those already undertaking an EPQ," says Mike Strickland. "Our intensive summer course, held at Oxford University from July 15 to August 13, is a great way to get expert advice early in the process," he adds.
Our EPQ courses at Avernus Education provide online and in-person support, combined delivery in small groups with 1-1 mentorship, workshops, guest lectures, and masterclass clinics. Our courses are taught by subject-specific Oxbridge advisors (supervisors) with research expertise, ensuring that students receive personalized guidance and attention throughout the course.
Completing an EPQ can be a challenging yet rewarding experience that sets students up for success in their future academic and professional endeavours. At Avernus Education, we are committed to providing students with the support and guidance they need to produce a high-quality EPQ that showcases their abilities and interests. To learn more about our EPQ courses or to apply, visit here today.