The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a great opportunity for young people to pursue an area of special interest and take their studies to a deeper level, preparing them for the kind of independent learning expected in higher education.
EPQ title: "The effects of performance enhancing drugs in sport."
"Before I began studying the EPQ I had spent a year on a sport course and a year doing A Levels, but neither of these options worked out for me. After transitioning to the EPQ my academic ability improved significantly and I really enjoyed the course."
Milan is now studying Sports Management at Medaille College Buffalo Campus, New York.
The project can be individual or group work, and can be an artefact, a dissertation, an investigation or a performance.
Students considering an EPQ need to be self-motivated, well organised and have a passion for their chosen subject.
The EPQ is worth half an A Level and carries up to 28 UCAS points.
Students wishing to progress on to an EPQ in their second year should normally have achieved 3 grade Bs at AS Level.
EPQ title: "Was xenophobia really the main cause of Brexit?"
"I enjoyed researching my very own topic and appreciated having the opportunity to look at other peoples perspectives on Brexit, it really broadened my outlook. I feel I have definitely developed my research skills and feel more prepared for my university studies."