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Extended Project Qualification

Years 12 and 13

UCL supports Year 12 and 13 students undertaking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as part of our commitment to the development of study skills as preparation for university degrees.

Please note, our EPQ Workshops run in the summer term. Bookings will open in 2016.


There are two types of workshop available and students may wish to attend one or both of these sessions.

Beginners' Workshops: Getting Started with your EPQ

This two hour interactive workshop is aimed at students who have decided to undertake the EPQ but have not yet chosen a topic or begun their research. The following areas will be covered:

  • The benefits of completing the EPQ, especially when considering applying to competitive universities such as UCL
  • Time management
  • Preparing for academic assignments
  • Structuring the EPQ
  • Choosing a topic
  • Sources of research
  • Note taking
  • Critical and analytical reading and writing

The workshop is followed by a tour of UCL led by Student Ambassadors.

Research Days: Advanced with your EPQ

This full day session is aimed at students who have already decided upon a title for their project and begun some initial research. The day will include:

  • Workshop on research and referencing with a UCL PhD tutor
  • Small group meetings with UCL Student Ambassadors, who are studying a related subject, to discuss EPQ planning
  • Access to the UCL libraries
  • Free time for research in UCL libraries, supervised and assisted by UCL PhD tutors and Student Ambassadors
  • Lunch provided

Students who complete the research day will be given access to the UCL libraries for the duration of their EPQ projects.

Eligibility criteria

We will give priority to students who meet several or all of the academic and demographic criteria listed below.

Academic Criteria:

• Students who achieved Grade C or higher in GCSE Maths and English Language
• Students who are predicted a minimum of ABB at A Level and who are taking a fourth AS subject; students who are predicted a minimum 34 points for IB; students who are predicted a minimum of DDM for BTECs.

Social Criteria:

• Students who are in local authority care (these students will be given a high priority)
• Students who come from lower income backgrounds (we assess this by looking at parental occupation and students’ eligibility for free school meals)
• Students who come from families with no history of higher education (this means neither parent has been to university)
• Students who live in neighbourhoods with a lower rate of participation in higher education (this is assessed by looking at the student’s postcode).

Please note, EPQ support at UCL is available for students from state schools only. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate students from independent schools.

For further information on UCL EPQ support, please contact Sophie Tuhey, Access Officer: