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Level 3 Extended Project Qualification at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied?

The Extended Project Qualification is an opportunity to research and develop an area that you are passionate about.

That can be something you have been involved in, or something you have always wanted to look at.

For the full one year course, you will develop an idea for a project you wish to carry out and discuss your ideas with your supervisor.

You will then carry out some research to enable you to develop your ideas sufficiently to make a formal project proposal that includes your project aims, initial plans and likely format in which to present your project.

On completion of the project, you must give a presentation which should be for a non-specialist audience using media appropriate to the type of project.

This could take a number of forms including slides for a large audience, contributing to a poster session or exhibition, or a witnessed one-to-one ‘viva’ presentation to the supervisor.

The presentation must include a live question and answer session overseen by the supervisor.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed via 100% coursework and there are no external examinations.

Coursework portfolios can be in the form of log books, research, time management analysis, written reports or artefacts and presentations.

Who should do this course?

This course will appeal to students who:

• Have a passion for a particular subject

• Want the opportunity to carry out investigation into an area that may aid their career progression

• Are enthusiastic about completing coursework portfolios

• Have a good standard of literacy

• Are able to be self-motivated to meet deadlines

How is the course delivered?

The course is taught using a variety of methods including independent library research, class discussion, practical research, taught sessions and independent work.

What equipment will I need?

You need to be properly equipped with basic stationery such as lined / blank paper, pens, pencils and a folder to safely store notes and coursework.

What next?

This course is equivalent to an AS Level and students and is recognised by many universities. It is important to check which universities will accept this qualification. This course is also for students who may want to show a deeper understanding of an area which can be beneficial for further education or employment. 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take Level 3 EPQ should have passed at least five subjects including English and Maths at GCSE grade B or above. It is not necessary to have done the Level 2 Higher Project Qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year