EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION
EXAM BOARD: AQA 7993
University places are now more competitive than ever. Anything that can give a student that extra edge is therefore, essential. The formative years in Sixth Form are not just about university acceptance, but also university success. The EPQ provides a firm grounding in the fundamental research and organisational skills needed to adapt and achieve success at university.
Tthe EPQ is an optional qualification students can select to follow to further enhance their qualification portfolio. Student will indicate their intention to complete the EPQ during Year 12 and all applicants will be interviewed by a seniuor member of staff to confirm suitability for the qualification.
OVERVIEW OF COURSE
WHAT IS THE EPQ?
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is free standing qualification offered by AQA and Edexcel.
It involves choosing a topic, carrying out detailed academic research into that particular area and then producing…
EITHER a 5,000 word report
OR a 'product' + a 1,000 word report.
After that, you must deliver a small presentation to a group of non-specialists about your topic, lasting from 10 - 15 minutes.
WHAT COULD A 'PRODUCT' BE?
If a student doesn’t fancy writing a purely academic report, they can produce a ‘product’ such as:
- a short story, book or play.
- a performance (dance, dramatic..)
- a website or program
- a piece of art
- a musical recording
- a short film or media clip
- a model or something you've made
HOW IS IT MARKED? WHAT IS IT WORTH?
When it comes to the project the process is the most important part- not how successful it is!
- The entire project is marked internally like coursework as a grade A*- E.
- The project is worth up to 70 UCAS points.
- It also provides an advantage when writing personal statements, submitting written work to universities and at interview.
- Last year on many occasions point score offers were adjusted based on EPQ grades.
- The EPQ is seen by many universities as being an invaluable qualification.
The EPQ will support all applications to University and demonstrates a candidates analytical and synoptic skills.
The EPQ encourages independent study, requiring students to motivate themselves and manage their own time
Students are trained to use time management and planning techniques
Candidates are encouraged to conduct primary research, this often includes interviews with experts and academics
Students practice and hone their presentation skills and may choose to participate in the presentation evening where they present to a large audience
Candidates are required to reflect on their progress throughout the course and this prepares students further for an independent, reflective approach to their work later in life