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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

Why should I complete an Extended Project Qualification?

The Extended Project Qualification allows you to expand your learning beyond the boundaries of your curriculum study by completing a research project on a topic of your choosing. You might decide to research something you’ve always been interested in, create something you’ve always want to attempt or conduct your own investigation into something you’re curious about. Through the EPQ taught element you will develop useful transferable skills that will make you a highly suitable candidate for Higher Education. The fact that it is student led means that the scope of your project is really only limited by your own imagination and hard work.

What will the course involve?

There are 30 taught hours through which you will learn • Academic writing skills • Project Management • Time Management • Analysing Resources • Note Taking • Presentation Skills And any other skills relevant to the project you choose to complete You will be assessed on either a 5000 word written essay/ report or an artefact accompanied by a 1000 word written report. This will be completed over the course of a year with the guidance of supervised tutorial sessions. You will also need to make a presentation of your project and submit a production log with it.

How might this course complement others?

The EPQ taught element will help you to develop transferable skills that will be required in many of your other subjects, in particular the time management skills should help you to cope with the pressures of Sixth Form.

How will this subject be useful in the future?

Universities do not only acknowledge the EPQ, many encourage applicants to complete one, provide resources to help students complete it and you may even get a more favourable university offer because of your EPQ. The EPQ allows you to gain a maximum of 28 UCAS points and you will learn important skills to help you through Sixth Form, Higher Education and the rest of your working life. You will also gain specialist subject knowledge in the research area of your project that may even help you to decide on your future path.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September