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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Theale Green School

Course description

Many universities and employers are looking for evidence that students are self-motivated and independent learners who are able to carry out research projects. The Extended Project is a separate qualification that A2 students do as part of their second year and is designed to demonstrate the ability to plan and write an extended piece of writing.

The Extended Project is a piece of independent research undertaken by students in addition to their core A Levels. The research can be on almost any topic you choose but must not duplicate the specifications in your chosen A Levels. It is the equivalent of one AS Level (although unlike other AS Levels an A* grade is possible) and is viewed very positively by employers and universities as it provides evidence of independent learning and project management skills.

You have a free choice of project topic, so you can choose to explore a further aspect of a subject you're studying, or another subject, or choose a topic in which you have a personal interest.
You will meet with a member of staff (supervisor) weekly to discuss your progress and to guide you and help you develop the necessary skills to complete a successful project.

Students have to:

  • Choose a topic to study
  • Complete a production log to document the project process
  • Plan, research and carry out their project
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation on the outcome.

  • Entry requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements other than being an A2 student. However, it would be expected that students would be motivated learners who enjoy research and working on their own.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Theale Green School directly.

    Last updated date: 11 August 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 1 year