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Extended Project Qualification at Thurston Community College

Course description

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.

The course encourages creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to a student’s other courses, but should look beyond the specification. A finished product may take the form of a:

- research based written report
- 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.

Students must also record their project process in their Production Log. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Both the Production Log and Product will be assessed.


The finished project will be submitted in May of Year 12.

Future opportunities

EPQ does not directly lead to any particular career or Higher Education Course. However, it can help students to be more engaging and interesting at interview as well as providing them with key skills for further study. Cambridge University have said ‘We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education.’

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thurston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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