The EPQ is an independent research project which involves writing an essay of 5000 words (that's around 10 typed pages), or creating a product, which might be anything from an art object to an iPhone app.
As the project evolves, you must complete a production log to record specific stages of the project and this also contributes to your project result. The third component of the project is an oral presentation. Generally, the whole process from start to finish takes about 120 hours.
It is a formal 'level 3' qualification that attracts slightly higher UCAS Tariff points than a new AS-Level.
EPQ runs from the January of your first year until the following January and during that time you are allocated a tutor to help guide you through the process. More information including how to sign up can be accessed here EPQ Information
The EPQ is great for enhancing knowledge of a particular subject or demonstrating to universities and employers that you have the necessary skills to be successful.