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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Extended Project Qualification - EPQ

Year 12 

Curriculum Intention:

The EPQ is a standalone qualification. Regarding next steps, the independent learning and motivation required for its completion links well into being better-prepared for university study or indeed further vocational training.

Topics delivered in line with internal EPQ Deadlines and content of production log, a crucial part of the EPQ

Curriculum Implementation:




Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

  • Why do EPQ
  • Picking a topic and recording initial ideas
  • Ensuring access to Office365
  • Developing a working title
  • Time Management
  • Understanding the mark scheme
  • Creating a project plan

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

  • Developing the project
  • Documenting project progress
  • Preparing for product realisation
  • Creating a final bibliography

20th April – 18th May

  • Submission of Projects
  • Internal Moderation

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

  • How to research / Making good use of resources
  • How to write a Report
  • How to reference and avoid plagiarism
  • How to present data
  • Being critical of sources
  • Evaluating sources

24th Feb – 30th March

  • Delivering a project presentation
  • Types of presentation
  • Planning the presentation
  • Summarising and reflecting on EPQ journey

1st June – 13th July

  • Course complete. Await results

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays



Learning Outcomes of the Extended Project Qualification

The student will:

  • identify, design, plan and complete an individual project, applying a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet agreed objectives
  • obtain, critically select and use information from a range of sources; analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of the topic
  • select and use a range of skills, solve problems, take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes
  • evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed objectives and own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions in appropriate format.

Employability skills:


The Extended Project Qualification offers opportunities for students to:

  • make a significant contribution to the choice and design of an extended project and take responsibility either for an individual task or for a defined task within a group project
  • develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent students
  • develop and apply decision-making and problem solving skills
  • extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • develop and apply skills creatively, demonstrating initiative and enterprise
  • use their learning experiences to support their aspirations for higher education and/or career development
  • transfer skills developed as part of their extended project to other areas of study