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Extended Project Qualification at Swinton Academy

Course description

The EPQ offers students a unique opportunity to develop essential skills for higher education and the workplace, in a subject area of their own choice. Students have to: choose a topic to study; complete a production log to document the project process; plan, research and carry out their project; and prepare a presentation on the outcome. Candidates can choose to explore a further aspect of a subject they’re studying, or another subject, or simply choose a topic that they have a personal interest in. The finished project can be a written report, a performance, a piece of art, a community project, a CD or DVD, or even computer software. The EPQ is the equivalent to an AS Level and is worth the following UCAS points: Grade UCAS Tariff points A* 70 A 60 B 50 C 40 D 30 E 20 Janice Kay, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Exeter University, said: “The Extended Project will allow students to develop their critical reasoning skills, their analytic skills and even their project management skills among others, which is something we really value in universities for the kind of stretch and challenge all universities expect their students to engage with and achieve.'” Geoff Parks, Director of Admissions at Cambridge University, said: “The potential benefits are enormous. Opportunities to get deeply involved in a subject that interests you, to develop research skills, to pull together different areas of the other subjects you are studying and to develop extended writing skills will all be enormously valuable preparation for going to university. I would strongly encourage students to do an extended project whichever university they want to go to.” The Extended Project at Level 3 offers opportunities for learners to: a) have a significant input to the choice and design of an extended project and take responsibility either for an individual task or for a defined task within a group project; b) develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners; c) develop and apply decision making and, where appropriate, problem solving skills; d) extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills; e) where appropriate, develop as e-confident learners and apply new technologies in their studies; f) develop and apply skills creatively demonstrating initiative and enterprise; g) use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for further study and/or career development. Assessment Methods;- Coursework Portfolio of Evidence Practical Demonstration / Assignment The Extended Project is comprised of the following: a Production Log which is completed by the learner and verified by the supervisor a written report the evidence a presentation All the above are mandatory within this qualification.

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Last updated date: 21 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year