Extended Projects Qualification

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Introduction

In addition to the above you may also decide to complete an Extended Projects Qualification (EPQ). This leads to an exciting new qualification, equivalent to half an A Level.

An Extended Project gives you the opportunity to research a topic of your own choice, and present it as a dissertation, investigation, or for the more creative, as a performance or artefact.

The Extended Project provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your skills of independent research and is particularly well regarded by Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group universities. An increasing number of universities now include the EPQ in their offers to students.

What is involved?

Extended Projects involves second year students identifying, designing, planning and then completing an individual project on a topic of their choosing. To do this they obtain and select information from a range of
sources and then:

  1. Write a dissertation or investigation; create an artefact or performance using appropriate skills and technology
  2. Evaluate the project including reviewing their own performance and presenting their findings to an audience

Why choose an Extended Project?

Students will have the opportunity to carry out some genuine research on a topic of their choosing that equips them with the skills of investigation, analysis and synthesis which universities and employers want. Universities regard the EPQ highly and recognise the UCAS points from it. Many universities now make offers including the EPQ, with an increasing number of universities giving lower offers if a student has done one. Some take the EPQ into account if their offer has not been met. The project also provides a focus for interview should one be offered.

Resources & Facilities

The students have a well-resourced Learning Resources Centre to use. They can also use the resources at the Hive. EPQ students visit the Hive to learn about using its catalogue, online resources and how to reference
their work. The Extended Project is open to second year students only.

Teaching and Learning Styles

Each student is allocated a supervisor who will meet regularly with them to help them throughout all stages of the project. Alongside this there will be some lessons in which the skills required for a successful EPQ will be taught.

Qualification Level

EPQ carries UCAS tariff points as follows:
A* 28 points C 16 points
A 24 points D 12 points
B 20 points E 8 points

Callum GodwinNunnery Wood High SchoolEPQI decided to embark on the Extended Project, alongside my other subjects of Politics, History and Law, in order to develop new skills and gain a greater understanding of my chosen topic. For my project, I chose to write a dissertation evaluating the effectiveness of the Governments Counter-Terrorism strategy (CONTEST). I chose this topic specifically as I am planning on studying Criminology and Policing at University, which will hopefully culminate in a career within the Police service. I have found that undertaking the Extended Project has given me the opportunity to undertake in-depth research into a subject area that is of personal interest to me.  It has proved to be highly motivating throughout the project. By completing the Extended Project, I have developed transferable skills, such as researching and critically evaluating various sources. Skills that will clearly prove invaluable throughout my degree.

Callum Godwin

EPQ - Nunnery Wood High School
I decided to embark on the Extended Project, alongside my other subjects of Politics, History and Law, in order to develop new skills and gain a greater understanding of my chosen topic. For my project, I chose to write a dissertation evaluating the effectiveness of the Governments Counter-Terrorism strategy (CONTEST). I chose this topic specifically as I am planning on studying Criminology and Policing at University, which will hopefully culminate in a career within the Police service. I have found that undertaking the Extended Project has given me the opportunity to undertake in-depth research into a subject area that is of personal interest to me. It has proved to be highly motivating throughout the project. By completing the Extended Project, I have developed transferable skills, such as researching and critically evaluating various sources. Skills that will clearly prove invaluable throughout my degree.

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