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Extended Project Qualification at St Angela's Ursuline School

Course description

The Extended Project Qualification is an example of the challenging personalised learning we constantly endeavour to deliver to students. The development of independent planning, research and presentation skills through the exploration of a topic of their choice is outstanding preparation for university.

The students who have completed the project have found it to be an invaluable experience in terms of the freedom to pursue a personal interest and manage their learning independently. Every student is supervised by a teacher who provides advice and guidance about research skills and project management. Over one year, this leads to the completion of a planned and researched project with a written report and, in some cases an accompanying product. The projects are assessed through the report and a live presentation to staff and students. All projects are marked to A2 standard and have a greater value than an AS in UCAS points. Many universities highly rate the qualification and students have received offers based on their completion of the project.

Course content

Projects are student-driven qualifications, giving them the freedom and responsibility to select topics and projects they are interested in.

When completing a project qualification, students follow a clearly structured process: they plan, research their topic and create a product. The product of their project can be in one of three formats:

a research-based written report of between 1000- 5000 words

a production* (eg charity event, fashion show, sports event etc)

an artefact* (eg a piece of art, a computer game, a realised design).

*supported by a written report.

This work is all recorded in their Production Log and, finally, students deliver a presentation.

During the process, they develop as independent, reflective learners and acquire knowledge and transferable skills that are invaluable for further study and the workplace.

Students are assessed on the product of their project and on the process itself.

Future opportunities

AQA Project Qualifications, including the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are stand-alone qualifications that help students develop broader study skills, offering a route into further and higher education and employment. Together, they offer students a way of acquiring sophisticated study skills and a route into


Universities really value the EPQ, as it helps them to select students with a commitment to their chosen subject and head-start in the independent learning skills that higher education demands.

Here are some examples of what universities say about the Extended Project.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Angela's Ursuline School directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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