Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The EPQ is a popular option for many Sixth Form pupils at Lancing.

We offer the exciting opportunity for pupils to pursue their own academic or other interests via an Extended Project Qualification. This is not part of our formal timetabled curriculum, rather it occupies a co-curricular option slot. An EPQ contributes up to 28 UCAS points (compared to 56 points for an A* at A Level) and can impact on university offers. The skills developed and honed in successfully completing an EPQ also result in pupils being better prepared to enter university. It demonstrates an ability to work independently, plan and carry out research, make sound arguments and reflect on the learning experience.

Undertaking an EPQ provides an opportunity for pupils to extend their abilities beyond the A Level syllabus and explore an area of interest. The flexibility of the EPQ requirements means that there are many directions that can be developed; these can incorporate all aspects of the curriculum while also enabling pupils to really demonstrate their capabilities. The one-to-one support and advice that is a big part of Lancing is highly appropriate and tutors can be matched to EPQ pupils.

We operate a four term system where the topic is chosen and honed in the Advent term of the Lower Sixth and the research and production of the project is tailored to fit in with other commitments over the ensuing three terms. The final presentations and assessment take place in December of the Upper Sixth.

Possible EPQ options

  • A university-style dissertation on any topic which can be researched and argued. The dissertation should use secondary research sources to provide a reasoned defence of a point of view, with consideration of counter arguments  
  • An investigation/field study involving the collection of data from primary research such as questionnaires, observation or scientific experimentation, with a process of hypothesis creation and testing
  • A presentation involving the development of performance skills and techniques in a creative process leading up to a performance before a designated audience for example, a performance of music, drama or sport
  • An artefact involving a process of research, design and the application of creative skills in developing and realising a piece of work in response to a client brief. Types of artefact project include creating a painting or sculpture, designing a piece of furniture or a garment, creating a website or producing a piece of graphic design.

Assessment of the EPQ is based on a combination of marks against management of the project (17%), use of resources (22%), development and realisation (44%) and a self-evaluation/review of the project (17%).  

Recent Lancing EPQ projects include:

• The architecture of light
• Dystopian fiction
• A campaign to get adults playing tennis
• New methods of biological classification
• Race and the law in the USA
• The Pilgrimage of Grace
• Gene editing
• Mental health issues and youth

The EPQ offers wonderful opportunities for learning outside the academic syllabus and develops interpersonal skills, including leadership, teamwork, trust and respect. From the Third Form we support pupils to become accomplished independent learners and to explore what interests them; these are all vital skills in the most successful projects.


Mr Philip Richardson 

Head of Religious Studies and EPQ

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