EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION

EXAM BOARD: AQA 7993

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/projects/aqa-certificate/EPQ-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. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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. 

FUTURE PATHWAYS

The EPQ will support all applications to University and demonstrates a candidates analytical and synoptic skills.

EMPLOYABILTY 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