Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Additional Level 3 Qualifications

An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your knowledge and abilities beyond your chosen study programme. This qualification is taken in addition to your Level 3 study programme and will help you to build on your cultural capital and prepare you for university level study and your future career. This additional qualification is worth half an A Level and carries 28 UCAS points, and is therefore recognised by both universities and employers.

Specific requirements

Students on the XL programme will be invited to take part in the EPQ once they have enrolled at HNC. Students who express an interest in taking this additional qualification can speak to their progress tutor for further information.

Your learning experience

The EPQ allows you to research and lead on your own projects. During the EPQ you will plan and carry out research on a topic of your choosing- traditionally, this is something that isn’t covered by your other subject choices. You can take inspiration for your project from your personal life, your studies, a hobby, or something completely urelated! The end product will be a written report based on your research. This is a qualification that will see you take charge of your own future under the expert guidance of our EPQ team. Taking an EPQ will help you to build key skills and will support your progression by:

  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Developing independent learning skills
  • Developing problem-solving skills
  • Developing planning, research, analysis and presentation skills
  • Developing your creativity
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