Research and study skills

Our research and study skills support programme provides post-16 learners with access to a range of activities and resources to excel in their research assignment.

They will learn academic skills that will not only help in their current projects, but also help prepare them for university.  

Extended project qualification

The extended project qualification (EPQ) provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus, prepare for university-level study and earn additional UCAS points.

We are keen to support teachers delivering the taught element of the EPQ and we host an extensive programme of events each year, designed and delivered by experienced academics and researchers.

International Baccalaureate extended essay 

We offer a portfolio of workshops to help International Baccalaureate (IB) students of all disciplines develop the key skills required for the extended essay.

Delivered by postgraduate researchers, these interactive sessions teach learners the skills to succeed in an independent research project. 

Download a PDF of the developing research and study skills programme 2019 to 2020.

New online course for schools

The IB extended essay: managing your research project is aimed at both IB students starting their extended essay, and the teachers supporting them through their project. It is free of charge to participate in and has been designed in collaboration with the International Baccalaureate Organisation. The course requires two hours learning per week over a two week period. 

Topics covered include:

  • choosing a topic and a research question
  • finding sources
  • time and project management
  • critical thinking
  • writing effectively
  • preparing to write.

Full details and how to join the IB extended essay course: managing your research project can be found on the Futurelearn platform.

Research and study skills films

Our collection of four minute videos are full of top tips from our academics and undergraduates to help your students develop the key skills they need to carry out a successful research project. 

Academic referencing



Critical thinking



Online research



Time management