The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) provides the opportunity to demonstrate creativity through engagement with a diverse range of topics.

Projects could include: the writing of an extended essay on the dangers of advertising; conducting a scientific investigation on boiling an egg; building a robot; making a film; producing a newspaper; writing a screenplay; designing a computer programme; making a video game… the choices are endless!

The EPQ is an independent research project providing you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to think critically, creatively and in depth about a topic. Designed to extend learning beyond the curriculum, it allows you to explore new and diverse directions.  

Here at the University of Westminster we have developed a range of resources and programmes for students and teachers to support this exciting opportunity.

EPQ workshops for students

A set of workshops delivered either at our Harrow Campus or on site in your school, these workshops are designed to help students at every stage of the creation process from topic and idea generation through to final writing and rewriting the extended essay.

Workshops are practical and last two hours each session. A fee is charged for this workshop. For more information and to book a student workshop, please contact Eleanor Roseblade.

Staff Development Opportunities

An afternoon workshop specifically designed for librarians and teachers new to teaching the EPQ.  This workshop presents a set of resources and a ten-week plan for 20 hours of deliverable material which will take a group of students from an introduction of the EPQ, through to final delivery. A fee is charged for this workshop.

For more information and to book a staff workshop, please contact Eleanor Roseblade.

EPQ Media Studies Resources

Created by senior academics from our School of Media and Communications these resources are designed to help promote ideas and activities for Research Methods, and Media Studies related work.

A selection of PDFs

Each card contains key information on its topic, provides suggestions for further open access readings and group work to explore contemporary themes in media communication. These resources also offer a way into other subjects, including Sociology, History, Geography and English. Our range of research focused resources can be used to guide students in any discipline.

download all epq Media Studies cards (9.5MB)

Media and Identity

In a world where identity and the media are ever more closely linked, the cards in this series seek to explore how our own identity is constructed and represented through the media we consume, and what the wider implications of this are.

These cards provoke questions around what makes us human, what makes us who we are and how are we represented in the media.

Media and Society

Media and Society are inextricably linked in our modern world of mass communication and mass consumption.  These cards draw out and challenge some of the key debates surrounding the social, political and economic significance of the media and how these are changing in the 21st Century.

Media Production

How do you listen to music? Is there a trick to radio production? What is the link between production, distribution and exhibition?  The media production cards series looks at aspects of production across media platforms.  

Supporting the creation of production with theory and conceptual thinking, these cards show how to develop an academic approach to a practical discipline.

Researching Media and Communications

This series of research methods cards introduces the main research traditions in media and communication studies and explores a range of methods of data collection and analysis employed in research.

A range of research methods are demonstrated here with each card examining a different stage of the research and writing process.

More information

For more information on the courses and resources created by the School of Media and Communications contact: E. Roseblade Senior Lecturer.

These resources were developed by the Westminster School of Media and Communication. The project has been coordinated by Ellen Roseblade, Doug Specht, Eleri Kyffin and Sara Hafeez.

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