Core Advantages of EPQ
EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is strongly recommended by The UK Department for Education and Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). It is an A-level course that does not require an examination. ASDAN has been approved by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator of UK (Ofqual), as the board eligible to launch EPQ program worldwide.
EPQ requires learners to identify a topic they are interested in with a supervisor-assessor guidance. Candidates then need to conduct independent research in the form of either a dissertation (no more than 5,000 words) or an artefact with a report (no less than 1000 words).
Applicants are also expected to deliver a 10-15 minute oral presentation of their outcomes. After external moderation, the applicants will obtain an EPQ certificate, ranking, and corresponding UCAS points (up to 28 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.
• Can we use genetic technology to create human exoskeletons?
• How does the microorganisms affects the quality of homemade yogurt?
• What is the best method to eradicate mosquitoes and to stop them from biting us?
• An investigation into the most effective liming material to facilitate soil neutralization in short term
• Is it really greener and more sustainable to replace oil-fueled vehicles by their electric counterparts in the 2020s China?
• An Evaluation of Beijing's Air Governance Policies and How they might be Improved for the Future
• How does the government expand and upgrade the existing public space to improve the development in my city?
• Exploring positive and negative aspects of peer online teaching and countermeasures to resolve challenges with this approach
• To what extent the correlation between the degree of smartphone addiction and psychological well-being of Chinese high school students
• Should mobile payments completely replace the flow of cash in China?
• Which is a better way to make money on the stock market - investment or speculation?
• A 6 hour course- the enlightenment development of financial intelligence for grade 3 students
• What methods can be used by managers in member-only gyms to overcome the problems of low growth of gym membership in Huzhou?
• To what extent could computers programs understand art?
• To what extent does music inuence listeners' emotions?
• Exploring the impact of dubbing in the film process
• Do buildings built to the Golden Ratio still conform to the contemporary aesthetic?
• An investigation of the feminism of classic Hollywood era. - Compare to that in the modern times
Previous EPQ Artefacts & Performance
Artistic Creation (painting)
Music Creation (composition)
2021 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.