The EPQ is a self-directed research project undertaken during the Sixth Form. It is a standalone qualification that is worth up to 70 UCAS points. Students have a free choice of subject – while the topic might complement your A level subjects the research must be original and look beyond the core curriculum.
Your research findings will normally be presented as a 5000 word dissertation, although other formats may be appropriate, e.g. an artwork or the delivery of an event, supported by a 1000 word report. Candidates will also have to make a presentation to a non-specialist audience and be prepared to take questions from the floor.
Your work will be assessed to the standard expected of an A level candidate i.e. Year 13. The assessment criteria will include your management of the project, use of resources, analysis and presentation of findings, achievement of objectives and your own evaluation of the work undertaken.
Wolverhampton Grammar School will offer all students undertaking the EPQ the support and learning resources that they need. All students are allocated a project supervisor in addition to the research support offered by the dedicated Sixth Form library and day-to-day guidance offered by a tutor.