Designed to support students embarking on their Extended Project Qualification or IB Extended Essay

GREat Skills is an initiative designed to develop academic skills and help students prepare for the transition to University

GREat Skills is a programme of academic skills workshops delivered by our trained student ambassadors, aimed at students from local sixth forms and colleges. The programme also incorporates a range of optional on-campus enrichment activities. It is particularly suitable for students taking the EPQ as the workshops cover many of the main skills which students develop and are expected to demonstrate within their projects. The sessions, however, are also suitable for students who aren't taking the EPQ as they are generic enough to be applied to all academic work.

GREat Skills Scholarship

Successful completion of the programme, including producing a mini-dissertation (or their EPQ/coursework), will make students eligible to apply for our £2000 GREat Skills Scholarship, here at the University of Greenwich. Click here for more information about our bursaries and scholarships. To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, students would each have to have completed at least 4 GREat Skills sessions (a library visit would also count as one session) or 3 GREat Skills sessions alongside completion of our online resource, Independent Learners' Toolkit. 

For any students commencing their undergraduate studies with us in September 2020, we now also have pre-recorded GREat Skills Webinars available online, for each of our skills workshops. Completion of at least 4 of these webinars would enable you to be eligible to apply for this scholarship, providing you meet all other eligibility criteria as stated. You are not required to have completed any other GREat Skills session prior to completing these webinars. These webinars are now available online, using the links below in the online resources section. Students completing the webinars must record their attendance at each webinar, using the Mentimeter link provided in the webinar, if applying for the GREat Skills Scholarship. 

Skills Workshops

Our academic skills workshops cover:

  • Choosing a question
  • Selecting and evaluating sources
  • Referencing and avoiding plagiarism
  • Presenting your work
  • Reflecting on your project

Optional on-campus activities include:

  • Library visit (subject to availability)
  • GREat Skills Twilight sessions
  • Academic networking
  • Taster Days
  • Careers session

These activities can be booked here.


We offer three modes of delivery:

In school

For targeted schools or colleges (see list here), our student ambassadors will visit you to deliver the academic skills workshops. Dates and times can be agreed to fit in with the timetable for the taught element of the EPQ, or your study programme. If you are from an eligible school or college, please contact us to discuss your requirements:

On-campus skills day

Multiple skills workshops delivered on campus in one day. Schools and colleges can book to bring a group of students. Dates and booking information can be found here.

On-campus skills workshops

Single skills workshops delivered on campus, 16.30 - 17.30 throughout the academic year. Students can attend independently or schools and colleges can bring groups. Dates and booking information can be found here.

Online Resources

Pre-recorded webinars are now available online for each of our skills workshops. We also have PDF versions of our workshops and all the relevant resources which accompany these, available for your reference, which can be utilised alongside the webinars. These can also be helpful refreshment tools for any of your students who may have completed a workshop with us previously. 

  1. Choosing your question - (Webinar) (PDF Resources)
  2. Selecting and evaluating sources - (Webinar) (PDF Resources)
  3. Referencing and avoiding plagiarism - (Webinar) (PDF Resources)
  4. Presenting your work - (Webinar) (PDF Resources)
  5. Reflecting on your project - (Webinar) (PDF Resources)

The GREat Skills workshops were really useful both for students and myself as a teacher new to EPQ. I thought they were well thought out and planned and were an effective use of our lesson time 

(Teacher, George Green's School)

The work, dedication and skills provided by the whole GREat Skills team were excellent. The team helped the students immensely but also me (with this being the first time I have taught the EPQ!). The students and myself would like to thank you for all of your support!

(Teacher, Mulberry UTC)

All students and staff were greatly impressed by the whole experience and look forward to continuing to work with the University

 (Teacher, Welling School)

Careers Strategy

The Government's Careers Strategy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to set out a range of requirements that schools and colleges must meet. We have matched all of our activities to these, and this activity can support you with meeting benchmark 1, 4 and 7.

Booking Information

Suitable for students in year 12 or FE year 1 and Year 13 or FE Level 2 as part of the taught element of the Extended Project Qualification. It is also suitable for non-EPQ students and could be built into BTEC self-directed time, or delivered to Pre-Access and Access students.

To find out more and/or register your school/college please get in touch.