EPQ Launch 2020 - 2nd Year Students Only

As part of your second year programme of study, you can choose to enrol on the Extended Project Qualification.

The EPQ is one lesson a week plus independent study. It will develop your interests, skills and confidence and help with applications to university or employment. If you are interested more information can be found in the presentation a below. If you are interested please email wsfcepq@wsfc.ac.uk

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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

Profile student - Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts

EPQ - Nunnery Wood High School
I decided to choose the EPQ as I thought that writing a dissertation would be good practice and preparation for university, especially with what I am hoping to study. This has given me an excellent opportunity to research into and write about an area that I am interested in. Doing the EPQ has allowed me to further enhance my university application. The topic I chose to write about, Treatments for Osteoporosis, linked well with my studies in the medicine related areas of both Biology and Chemistry. I particularly enjoyed the challenge of independent research and study in a manner that I was unable to do in any of my other lessons. This was also aided by the fact that in my first year of College, I was part of the Medical Professional Programme, allowing me to ask visitors what it was like to do some research tasks as they would have experienced these at university. Regarding my plans after College, I wish to further my interest in medical areas such as treatments for osteoporosis by studying Anatomy and Human Biology at a Russell Group university, and then gaining graduate entry into Medicine.

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