Extended Project Qualification
Sub-section – EPQ
We offer all our students the opportunity to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) during their Year 12 Studies. The EPQ is a single piece of work that allows students to study a subject area in depth and develop independent research and study skills. Students have the ability to chose what they base their EPQ on, from creating a video game, to analysing a marketing campaign. It will require a high level of planning, research and autonomous working. The project should demonstrate ‘extension’ of the student’s knowledge and understanding of a topic.
There are many benefits of studying an EPQ, such as:
- Equivalent to half an A-Level
- Evidence for Personal Statement
- Develop a passion for academic research and extending their learning
- Discussion points for interview
- Possibility of obtaining a lower grade offer from universities if they get a high grade in their EPQ
- Preparation for university-style learning, opportunity for independent research/study
Universities look for evidence that applicants have developed skills in independent thinking, research, analytical skills, critical thinking and extended argumentation and essay writing skills. Competitive universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Manchester have indicated that possession of the EPQ will give students an advantage when applying for highly sought after courses. The Russell Group has indicated that a high grade in the EPQ will be seen as a positive attribute when selecting amongst applicants with similar levels of overall achievement.
The EPQ is referred to as a ‘mini dissertation’ where students are ‘supervised’ rather than taught. Students are matched to a supervisor who sees them for a tutorial on a regular basis to offer guidance and support. Sessions on research skills etc are delivered lecture style to a number of students at once.
The project can be either a written report of 5000 words, or a written report of 1000 words plus one of the following: an artefact, a recording of a performance or activity, multimedia presentation, slide presentation, photographic record. In addition, each student must keep a production log and make a presentation of their project, on which they will be questioned.
Some interesting titles from our 2020/2021 EPQ group:
- Why do I see demons at night?
- Is possible to make a good quality story game with the unity engine that I can market on steam.
- The mechanical workings of an internal combustion engine through a physical model.
- What would have been the attitude of Roman Catholics towards sexual relationships if Jesus acted like Zeus (Greek Gods)?
- Is it possible to publish a mobile phone game from home?
- What factors affect the development of a person's moral compass?
- How far has feminism come in the twenty-first century and is it still necessary in the UK?
- What are quantum computers and will they change the world?