HS6 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Level: Level 3
Examination Board: AQA
The EPQ is an autonomous piece of work produced by the student. Students produce a written project at the end of the course and deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience. Both the written project and the presentation together form the final grade for the EPQ. There is no examination.
An EPQ is worth up to 28 UCAS points and is graded A* to U.
Practical Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, dates):
There are no examinations for this course.
Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates):
The EPQ is submitted in November of Year 13.
Students are required, with appropriate supervision, to:
- choose an area of interest
- draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the school
- 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.
Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course :
Students need to be keen, independent learners who are very self-motivated. They will need to enjoy researching using a variety of sources including books, academic journals, newspapers, as well as online sources. Some students may also choose to collect their own primary data.
Goes well with:
The EPQ suits all students who are committed to their studies. Many students choose it as an ‘added extra’ to demonstrate that they have gone above and beyond expectations by taking the initiative to gain a qualification which is not a compulsory part of the A-Level curriculum. Other students choose to do an EPQ for the simple reason that they have a genuine interest in their research topic, and want to find out more.
Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:
The EPQ is a valuable qualification, well-respected by the top universities in the UK. Students will develop the following:
- Research skills including the ability to search for and identify suitable sources of information in the chosen subject area
- ICT skills in the production of the final report
- Project management skills including time management and task management
- Report writing skills including learning how to format and structure a report in an academic style
- Referencing skills, such as creating consistent citations and the production of a standard bibliography
- Presentation skills
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