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Extended Project Qualification at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The assessment is as follows: 20% managing project, 20% using secondary resources, 40% developing and realising the essay / artefact, and 20% review, reflect and present project

Course content

The EPQ is an opportunity for students to produce an extended piece of work of their own choice, with guidance from staff, which is assessed at school and then moderated by exam board. This could be in the subject area the student wishes to study at university but that is not part of their school curriculum (e.g. Medicine), or simply an area of personal interest unrelated to their other studies. An EPQ is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to manage their own learning. It is worth the same UCAS points as half an A-Level.

The project can be either:

• A written report of 5000 words e.g. extended essay, investigation of a hypothesis, or an academic report

• Or, a written report of at least 1000 words together with an artefact such as a video, model, performance, script, short story.

The student will also keep a project log and will present the completed project to other students and staff, evaluating the process and responding to a Q&A session to a non-expert audience.

Entry requirements

Teacher recommendation and positive learning behaviours across all subjects. Students will write a letter of application, proposing a broad area of study by Term 5 in Year 12.

Future opportunities

Skills developed on the course include critical essay writing, strategies for managing a long term academic project independently, referencing secondary sources, critically evaluating resources, synthesising information, presentation skills.

The EPQ is highly regarded by universities and is a chance to: • Develop knowledge and expertise in field you are interested in studying at university. • Develop and demonstrate independent research and study skills that admissions officers and employers are looking for. • Learn how to carry out effective academic research in preparation for the transition to undergraduate studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September