Extended Project Qualification
The Extended Project develops and extends from one or more of the student’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the student. EPQ is equivalent to half an A Level.
The student will:
- identify, design, plan and complete an individual project, applying a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet agreed objectives
- obtain, critically select and use select information from a range of sources; analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of the topic
- select and use a range of skills, including new technologies where appropriate, solve problems, take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes
- evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed objectives and own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions in appropriate format
The Extended Project Qualification offers opportunities for students to:
- make a significant contribution to the choice and design of an extended project and take responsibility for an individual task
- develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners
- develop and apply decision-making and, where appropriate, problem-solving skills
- extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
- where appropriate, develop confidence in applying new technologies in their studies
- develop and apply skills creatively, demonstrating initiative and enterprise
- use their learning experiences to support their aspirations for higher education and/or career development
- transfer skills developed as part of their extended project to other areas of study.
How will I study?
EPQ consists in Year 12 of a weekly taught element where skills required for the completion of the Project are developed. There will be periodic meetings with a Supervisor to discuss and document the student’s progress. The majority of the work is to be carried out independently. The Written Report and Presentation are to be completed at the start of the Advent term of Year 13.
The evidence for assessment will comprise the following:
- a completed Production Log and Assessment Record which will document the planning and progress of the project, including decision-making and the student’s reflections on the process.
- a written report of around 5000 words which will be, for example, a research report of an investigation, exploration of a hypothesis, an extended essay or academic report in appropriate form.
- a presentation for a non-specialist audience using media appropriate to the type of project. The presentation includes live responses to questions from the supervisor.
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