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Extended Project Qualification at Woodroffe School

Course description

The Extended Project is a Level 3 qualification. It can contribute to programmes of study as a stand-alone qualification. Students may choose to take the Extended Project Qualification as an extension from studies for any other qualifications at Level 3 (GCE, BTEC). The Extended Project will develop and extend from one or more of the student’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the student(s) and agreed as appropriate by the centre. Delivery of the Extended Project Qualification in centres will involve some teaching of the necessary skills, supervision and assessment of the student’s progress. It will involve extended autonomous work by the student, requiring 120 guided learning hours. The Project is worth half an A Level so can be used to earn extra UCAS points. An increasing number of universities are including the EPQ in their offers to students.

Course content

Year 12

Students are required to choose an area of interest and develop a project where they plan, research and complete the project detailing its aims and providing evidence of all stages of the project production. Students turn their topic into a question which will lead to writing a discursive essay. Students will also deliver a presentation to a specified audience. Projects in previous years have covered an incredibly wide range of topics including dowsing, endangered animals, teenage pregnancy, film-making, language teaching, chocolate, historical episodes, political issues etc. Throughout the project the focus is on the research process and marks are awarded for an individual’s research skills, not simply for the quality of the final essay


Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at Grade C or above. To include English Grade 6 or above.


The Extended Project Qualification is assessed by a completed Research Log, a dissertation, evidence of evaluation and a presentation to a group of other students or staff. The project is marked internally and then externally moderated. Students are awarded an AS Level but they can achieve an A* grade. Students will be required to work independently throughout the course.

Further information

Students engage in a wide range of additional activities related to their projects but these derive from the needs of the project question. For example, students often arrange to interview experts out of school, or conduct questionnaires. In some cases field work is required.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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