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Extended Project Qualification at Ursuline High School

Course description

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is equivalent to an AS Level qualification, with the possibility of attaining an A* grade. The EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product.

We encourage creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to a student’s main study programme, but should look beyond the specification. Students will learn taught skills such as how to choose a topic and phrase a title; how to select, evaluate and reference research sources; how to structure an argument, as well as projectmanagement skills.

A finished EPQ product may take the form of a:
- research based written report (5,000 words)
- production* (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event etc.)
- an artefact* (e.g. piece of art, a computer game or realised design)
*A written report must accompany these options.

Course content

- EPQ is an additional qualification choice, taught in just 2 periods a week; students are expected to do the majority of their project outside lesson times.

- Students may choose to do a project on a topic of their choice.

- The EPQ can link to any subject, future career choices, or hobbies / interests.

- Promotes strong essay writing, investigative, research and management skills.


As well as the finished product, students must also record their project process in their Production Log and give a formal presentation about their project an audience. All aspects are assessed and grades A*-E awarded by the centre supervisor and coordinator; projects are then moderated by the examination board.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ursuline High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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