Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Eaton Bank Academy
What is an EPQ?
The Extended Project Qualification is a freestanding qualification which is intended to stretch very able and independent learners. It is offered as an additional qualification part way through year 12 to appropriate students, if they are achieving a very high standard in their four other AS subjects and are demonstrating the capacity and interest for further study. (This is therefore not a course that students indicate on their sixth form application form.) The EPQ involves choosing a topic and carrying out some in-depth research into a particular area, then creating EITHER a 5,000 word report OR a 'product' + a 1,000 word report. After that, you must deliver a small presentation to a group of non-specialists about your topic, lasting from 10 - 15 minutes.
Initially, you need to identify a topic you are interested in researching in some depth. You will be allocated a Mentor from amongst the staff at school, who will then help you to refine your topic, plan your research and write it up into a dissertation. You will meet your Mentor one-on-one, on a regular basis, depending on the progress of your own project. You will also be required to attend a series of group seminars where you will have the chance to learn about and discuss various aspects of academic research and writing.
5 GCSEs Grade C or above
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eaton Bank Academy directly.