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Extended Project Qualification

DEPARTMENT

COURSE NAME

COURSE LEADER

EXAM BOARD

QUALIFICAITON

N/A Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Mr Pancherz AQA AS Level

Course Aims

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows students to extend their abilities beyond the A level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career.  It is worth half an A level (70 UCAS points), so can be used to earn extra UCAS points.  Whilst the EPQ has no specific progression route, its flexibility and challenge demonstrates to universities and employers your ability to work independently and develop skills vital to degree level study and the modern workplace.

Course Entrance Requirements

You will have the normal entry requirements for Level 3 courses but there are no other formal requirements to study the EPQ.  Entry to the course depends upon a letter of application and an interview with Mr Pancherz, Teacher in Charge of EPQ, to evaluate your suitability and ideas for the project.

Course Content

The course also includes a formal taught element which includes the following:

  • Any skills or techniques that will be required for the safe and effective execution of the project which are not part of the candidate's course of study, e.g. professional codes of practice, ethical guidelines, research methodology.
  • ICT skills that will enhance the production of the report and/or the development of the project covering research, analysis and execution.
  • Research skills including the ability to search for and identify suitable sources of information and prior research or relevant work already undertaken.
  • Project management skills including time, resource and task management.
  • The format and structure of accepted academic forms of research report, to include abstract, introduction, background research, further research content with all sources cited, discussion, conclusion, references, including the evaluation of sources.
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills, Functional Skills and Key Skills.

Assessment

Students will need to produce:

  • a log of their progress;
  • a 5,000 word written report or a 1,000 word written report (if the main project is a performance or an artefact);
  • a presentation to an audience.

The Extended Project is graded from A* - E and is potentially worth up to 70 UCAS points.

Careers and Progression

The Extended Project is an excellent choice for students wishing to demonstrate their ability to work independently.  Universities, especially the highly rated universities, are looking for evidence of this skill.

The Extended Project is also an opportunity to demonstrate your interest in and commitment to a particular career area, e.g. Medicine, Performing Arts, etc.

Exam Board

AQA.

Contact Name

For more information, please see Mr Pancherz – Teacher in Charge of EPQ.

NOTE: THE EPQ WILL BE OFFERED AS A YEAR 13 COURSE COMMENCING AT THE END OF YEAR 12.