Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)

EXAMINATION BOARD
AQA

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) has proved to be popular with students and teachers alike. It provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus, stand out and prepare for university or their future career. It can also be used to earn extra UCAS points.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
N/A – almost all students complete the EPQ in Year 12, as part of their study programme.

YOU WILL STUDY
Skills
• You will attend and participate in a series of sessions on skills that are relevant to the EPQ but also of wider use, such as researching, references, project management etc.
Project
You will, with appropriate supervision:
• choose an area of interest
• draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the centre
• plan, research and carry out the project
• deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience
• provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
• make a significant contribution to the choice and design of an extended project and take responsibility for an individual tas
• develop and improve your own learning and performance as a critical, reflective and independent student
• develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
• extend your planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
• develop and apply skills creatively, demonstrating initiative and enterprise
• use your learning experiences to support their aspirations for higher education and/or career development
• transfer skills developed as part of your extended project to other areas of study

ASSESSMENT
You will produce and be assessed on:
• An online production log
• A short presentation
• EITHER
• A 5000 word report/essay.
OR
• An artefact, i.e. a model, a performance, a short film, a website or piece of software, a design or blueprints AND a 1000 word report.

CAREERS & UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Many universities and employers value the skills developed by the EPQ, and the level of independent work that it shows. Some universities will ask for lower grades from students who have achieved a high grade in the EPQ.