Core Advantages of EPQ
EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is a qualification of academic research which is strongly recommended by The UK Department for Education (DfE) and UCAS. It is a qualification that does not require an examination.
EPQ requires students to identify a topic they are interested in with a supervisor's guidance. Students then conduct independent research that leads to either a dissertation (no more than 5,000 words) or an artefact accompanied by a 1,000 words report. Students are also expected to deliver a 10-15 minutes oral presentation of their research.
After assessment, the students can obtain an EPQ certificate that can represent 28 UCAS points.
EPQ A* is equivalent to half of an A-level and 28 UCAS points
Conditional Offers - Replace One Lower Grade AS Subject
ASDAN EPQ Learning Process
Stage 0：Free lecture and Assessment (in Chinese)
Stage 1：Taught elements of Research-based Learning: 9 modules ,30-hour course (in Chinese, small class size)
Stage 2：Research on Own Topics
Stage 3: Project Presentation, Grading and Report Submission
Stage 4： Get EPQ grade
Previous EPQ Project Topics & Artefacts
Previous EPQ Project Topics
Most of the topics cover four major themes：science, business, humanities and art.
• Why don't we use garlic in toothpaste instead of mint?
• Study on extending the shelf life of chocolate brownie cake
• Why the brain produces the wrong memory?
• Domestic violence within teenage relationships
• Who is responsible for the behavior of automatic cars?
• To what extent can the journalist be replaced by artificial intelligence
• Should the world adopt a single currency?
• The impact of Brexit on the British economy
• What was the impact of the WWII on the world economy?
• What extent does mobile technology change advertising?
• Designs：12 fashion designs inspired by Japan
• Why is Shakespeare's play so unique?
• How does religion behave in 20th century English novels?
• How and when did photography become an artistic act?
Previous EPQ Artefacts & Performance
Artistic Creation (painting)
Music Creation (composition)
2020 ASDAN EPQ Autumn Term Plan
Recommendation from Students and Experts
EPQ impacted me a lot. I never thought I could get into Oxford University. My EPQ topic is "how to extend the shelf-life of bread in the supermarket". In order to complete this project, I entered a local bakery for a short internship. Through different experiments, field research, second-hand research about related topics, I invented a new bread formula, successfully extended the shelf-life of bread in the supermarket. This formula was also adopted by my intership bakery, and they gave me good feedback. When I was interviewed at Oxford University, the interviewer was also very interested in my research experience and methods.
EPQ is my most unforgettable and proud academic experience in high school. I learned in my A-level biology class that "garlic" has a good bactericidal effect, so I think, since garlic has a good bactericidal effect, why not use "garlic" instead of "mint" to make toothpaste. In the first few trials, I found that garlic was so bad that I couldn't get a fresh breath at all, so I changed my research plan in the early days, focusing on the effect of natural substances on oral bacteria. I collected a variety of mint plants extensively, carried out many experiments, and finally selected 4 species for in-depth research. This project fascinates me. By studying raw materials, I also synthesized my own toothpaste. EPQ taught me how to plan projects, how to get resources from different channels, how to ask questions, deal with changes and solve problems. I believe that these skills will play a positive role in my future life.
I've always been interested in sociology and business. I took part in a summer study program in New York, and I found that even if American and British ideologies were similar in many places, the advertising display in the two countries was very different. I think if it is a more different country, then the difference will be greater. So, I wonder, what are the social reasons for these differences? When I started to choose my EPQ topic, I chose to study how the UK companies tailored their marketing over the past 50 years due to a change in social acceptance. I conducted in-depth research on three topics: smoking, gender equality, and the rights and interests of the disabled. I read a large number of cases, while studying the changes in the relevant laws in these three aspects. I enjoyed the process, which allowed me to delve into topics of interest to myself and present my views.
Yes. EPQ assesses the students' core competencies, which are highly valued by leading universities around the world. PQ is an internationally recognised qualification that can be used as proof of essential skills.....American universities as well as Canadian and Australian ones.
No. EPQ students are not required to go to the laboratory or guided by subject experts to do scientific research. On the other hand, any subject of student's interest can be the topic. EPQ puts great emphasis on the process of research-based learning, not just the final written report.
No. EPQ doesn't evaluate how specialized students are in a particular academic direction, but whether they have exercised their essential skills in the project process. After studying the A* EPQ case, we found that students who are really interested in their topics and have a detailed record of the research learning process are more likely to achieve high marks. Therefore, an experienced EPQ supervisor will be more suitable than an expert.
Yes. Students who study A-level, IB, AP and other curriculum system can undertake an ASDAN EPQ, the application values are the same. Note that students cannot directly apply for the ASDAN EPQ with an IB extended essay (EE) or AP CAPSTONE. Whether ASDAN EPQ results can be used for IB EE or AP CAPSTONE requires consulting the responsible teacher.
Yes. While the official results are announced in January, students can request predicted grade which will be provided by EPQ supervisor/assessor. If students are applying for Oxford or Cambridge, they can provide predicted result in September, and applicants for other schools can provide their official EPQ grade which will be released in January.
No. ASDAN EPQ emphasizes on originality, the assessment of of the EPQ includes a student's ability to conduct research, analyse and synthesize results. Students, therefore cannot use existing results to submit as their EPQ project.