If there’s an area of study you really love – whether it’s engineering, languages, sport or art-based – an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) gives you the chance to develop your skills and knowledge AND impress universities at the same time. 

For example, at the University of Birmingham, we recognise the EPQ as valuable proof of your capacity for independent learning, as well as your passion for the subject you want to study at a higher level. So when we see it on your UCAS application, it shows us that you’re serious.

The benefits of doing an EPQ include:

  • Enhancing your UCAS application and potentially helping you meet the conditions of a university place offer, as it’s worth extra points.
  • The opportunity to produce a piece of work that’s truly individual and says something about you as a person, whether it’s a written research report, event or creative artefact (like a computer game or artwork).
  • Demonstrating to universities that you’re enthusiastic about the subject you’re applying to study.
  • Proving to future employers that you’re a self-motivated character with useful skills in your chosen field.
  • Producing a portfolio which you can be proud of and help you start to think about your future.

Want to know more? We’ve got resources to help:

STUDY SKILLS FOR STUDENTS See our guides to academic writing and research and evaluation.

INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS If you’re supporting a student, take a look at our EPQ guide for teachers and study support for tutors.

Still got questions? See our answers to some frequently-asked questions about EPQs.


Why do an EPQ?
Study support for tutors
Guide to academic writing
Guide to research and evaluation
Study support for tutors