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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at St Vincent College

Course description

  • Are you able to manage your time effectively to complete independent study?
  • Are you interested in exploring a topic in depth by producing detailed and often original research?
  • Are you committed to reading widely in order to become an expert in your chosen topic?

The project develops and demonstrates your ability to independently plan and organise a research project, obtain and analyse relevant data or evidence, use and develop skills to achieve planned outcomes and to evaluate those outcomes at the end of the project. You will be expected to spend 120 hours on the EPQ, including around ten hours of meetings with your mentor. It is equivalent to an AS level and carries up to 70 UCAS points if an A* is achieved.

Course content

Though the emphasis of the EPQ is on independent research and self-regulation, you will be assigned a mentor who will advise and assist you at each stage of the project.

In broad terms, the project will be organised and assessed like this:
• Initial planning meeting with your mentor
• Submission of research topic and outline plan
• Mid project review with mentor
• End of project review with mentor
• Submission of research project and/or artefact
• Presentation of research project and/or artefact

The project should be 5000 words in length, or an equivalent artefact and written report combination. You might submit a 5000 word dissertation-style extended essay, but if you were conducting sociological research then an observation journal could count towards the word limit, a linguistic study might include a CD, an engineering project might include a model or construction, etc. All artefacts must be accompanied by a written report of at least 1000 words.


AO1 Manage your Project 20% AO2 Use Resources in your Project 20% AO3 Develop and Realise your Project 40% AO4 Review your Project 20%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Vincent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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