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:
- Write a dissertation or investigation; create an artefact or performance using appropriate skills and technology
- 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.
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