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Extended Project

Extended Project

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will develop and extend from one or more of the learner’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the learner and agreed as appropriate by the centre. This allows students to explore issues which they are passionate about or simply wish to explore in more detail than is normally allowed when following subject specifications.

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will develop and extend from one or more of the learner’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the learner and agreed as appropriate by the centre. This allows students to explore issues which they are passionate about or simply wish to explore in more detail than is normally allowed when following subject specifications.
This allows students to develop key skills which the most successful universities are very specifically asking for. The EPQ is receiving strong support from all the most successful Universities.

Course Aims
The learner will:
• Identify, design, plan and complete an individual project, applying a range of organisational skills and
strategies to meet agreed objectives
• Obtain, critically select and use select information from a range of sources; analyse data, apply it relevantly
and demonstrate understanding of complexities of the topic
• Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies where appropriate, solve problems, take
decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes
• Evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed objectives and own learning and performance.
• Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions
in appropriate format.

Course requirements
Delivery of the Extended Project Qualification in centres will involve some teaching of the necessary skills, supervision and assessment of the learner’s progress. It will involve extended autonomous work by the learner.
Learners are required, with appropriate supervision, to:
• choose an area of interest
• draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the centre
• plan, research and carry out the project
• deliver a presentation to a specified audience
• provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.
Course elements
Taught element (some lessons will be formally taught for elements listed below)
• research skills including the ability to search for an identify suitable sources of information and prior research or relevant work already undertaken
• project management skills including time, resource and task management
Stand Alone Qualification
   
Most time however will be:
• planning (a log of progress is kept)
• conducting the research
• producing the project itself (approximately 5000 words)
• On completion the learners must give a presentation (approximately 10 minutes) which should be for a
non-specialist audience using media appropriate to the type of project.

Assessment
No exams only the project, log of progress and presentation are assessed like coursework at GCSE.
Past examples of projects include:


Are the brains of serial killers different to normal?

Egyptian myth and its influence on other cultures.

Diabetes and neuropathy.

Is the Internet killing literature?

Has the Arab spring had a significant effect on democracy in the middle-east?

How was Napoleon so successful?

Badger Culling.

Eating disorders.

Influence of Eastern Philosophy on the modern world.

How businesses maintain their success.

What will happen if the human population keeps rising so rapidly?

Are females more susceptible to mental health issues?

 

UCAS points available
EPQ is marked at A level standard
 
Grade Tariff Points
Points - Grade
70 - A*
60 - A
50 - B
40 - C
30 - D
20 - E

EPQ and Application to Higher Education
Choosing to undertake an Extended Project can support your application to Higher Education by:
• Reducing the level of an offer in one of your main subjects
• Giving your application preference, on highly selective courses, over students who have not
  undertaken EPQ
• Providing a focus for valued content within your personal statement
• Providing a major focus for interview discussion
• Russell group and Oxbridge universities have been overwhelmingly positive in their reactions to
  EPQ.