Extended Project Qualification at The Thetford Academy
GENERAL AIMS: 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 about 10 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 OUTLINE: With the emphasis 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:
n Initial planning meeting with your mentor
n Submission of research topic and outline plan
n Mid project review with mentor
n End of project review with mentor
n Submission of research project and/or artefact
n Presentation of research project and/or artefact
The project should be 5,000 words or an equivalent
artefact and written report combination.
You might submit a 5,000 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 1,000 words.
NATURE OF STUDY: Independent research
and evidence analysis; Selection of data; Time
management; Self-evaluation and reflection;
Giving a presentation on a complex subject.
Sixth Form Entry
5 A*-C at GCSE, including a C in English + Mathematics,
with a B grade in the chosen subject areas for A Level.
BTEC Level 3
4 A*-C, preferably including a C in English + Mathematics.
BTEC Level 2
2 D grades.
Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of
Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on
satisfactory performance in the examinations.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thetford Academy directly.