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Extended Project Qualification Level 3 *Fees Payable* at Benenden School *Fees Payable*

Course description

Why take an Extended Project?

The EPQ can be taken as an extension to A Level subjects. It allows the student to embark on a largely selfdirected project. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) the student:-

  • becomes a more critical, reflective and independent learner
  • develops and applies decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • increases her planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • learns to apply new technologies confidently
  • demonstrates creativity, initiative and enterprise.

More and more universities are welcoming the EPQ as an indicator of realised skills and potential ability in the fiercely competitive arena of entrant selection. Universities see the EPQ as positive evidence of motivation to explore a subject in greater depth, as well as an opportunity for further development of analytical, critical thinking and independent research skills. It will also ease transition from school to higher education. 

Course content

The EPQ will develop and extend from one or more of the student’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest outside her main programme of study. The EPQ counts as half of an A Level and accumulates additional UCAS points. It will be based on a topic chosen by the student. There will be delivery of taught skills such as research techniques, writing bibliographies, referencing through footnotes and presentation skills. The student is meeting regularly with her supervisor to assess her progress. It will however involve extended autonomous work by the student. The project must include a written report of 1000 to 5000 words depending on the nature of the project.

The student is required to:-

  • choose an area of interest
  • draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval
  • plan, research and carry out the project - deliver a presentation to a specified audience
  • provide evidence of all stages and project development and production for assessment in the form of a production log


Assessment Objectives

AO1 Managing

Identify, design, plan and carry out a project, applying a range of skills, strategies and methods to achieve objectives. 

Weighting: 20%

AO2 Use Resources

Research, critically select, organise and use information, and select and use a range of resources. Analyse data, apply relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any links, connections and complexities of the topic 

Weighting: 20%

AO3 Develop and Realise

Select and use a range of skills, including, where appropriate, new technologies and problem-solving, to take decisions critically and achieve planned outcomes

Weighting: 40%

AO4 Review

Evaluate all aspects of the extended project, including outcomes in relation to stated objectives and own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced project outcomes and conclusions in an appropriate format. 

Weighting: 20%

Future opportunities

Related careers:

Skills learned relate to any field of study and career whether through research, academic writing, presentation skills or project management.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities:

Independent research may lead to contacting national archives, university libraries or specialist organisations. Presentation skills improve the student’s confidence. There is also enrichment through widening an interdisciplinary as well as global perspective.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Benenden School *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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