EPQ in Photography

A programme for A-Level pupils to attain an Extended Project Qualification in photography at the Gallery.

A photograph of a group of students watching a studio lighting demo.

EPQ in Photography

A programme for A-Level pupils to attain an Extended Project Qualification in photography at the Gallery.

Applications have now closed for 2023/24 school year, with the programme starting in the Summer holidays.

The EPQ in Photography is open, by application, to pupils studying at state schools in Westminster, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea, Harrow, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Barnet and Brent. All programme fees, as well as travel, gallery visits, materials and equipment costs, are covered by the programme.

Programme dates:

Taught, half-day programme sessions will run Monday to Friday on the following dates during school holidays:

Week 1: Mon 24 Jul – Fri 28 Jul 2023

Week 2: Tue 1 Aug – Fri 4 Aug 2023

Week 3: Mon 23 Oct – Fri 27 Oct 2023

Week 4: Mon 14 Feb – Fri 16 Feb 2024

Other important dates to note are:

Exhibition preparation day:         Saturday 23 March 2024

Exhibition day:                             Sunday 24 March 2024

EPQ final submission date:          Monday 8 April 2024

EPQ Presentation prep day:        Thursday 18 April 2024

EPQ Presentation day:                 Friday 19 April 2024

There is more information and dates for the programme on the application form and below. If you are a pupil, teacher or parent/guardian with any questions, feel free to email us at epq@tpg.org.uk

A short film with more information about the EPQ in Photography at The Photographers' Gallery

It teaches you to be independent and how to use a camera.

EPQ student

About the programme

An Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a stand-alone qualification enabling pupils studying in Years 12 and 13 to independently investigate a specific subject of their choice in depth. The outcome of this work can be a 5,000-word report or dissertation, or an artwork/artefact with a shorter piece of writing. An EPQ is highly valued qualification for employment and/or progression to higher education, worth half the UCAS points of an A-Level

Launched in July 2021, The Photographers' Gallery’s EPQ in Photography supports a group of pupils to attain an EPQ, free of charge. The programme offers a structured grounding in photography history, theory and techniques through taught lessons, exhibition visits and one-to-one mentoring. Pupils are supported to select a topic and independently develop practical or essay-based work for presentation and assessment

The programme includes 50 hours of taught sessions. Pupils are required to undertake a further 70 hours of independent research and work. Taught sessions take place from Monday through Friday, in half day sessions, outside of the school term. Once pupils have attended their taught sessions and produced their final, independent writing /artwork, they present their work for assessment in order to gain their qualification. 

This programme is supported by John Lyon's Charity.