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Extended Project Qulaification (EPQ) at The Norton Knatchbull School

Course description

The EPQ allows students to show their passions and interests to prospective universities and employers. The course is self-directed and self-motivated with students deciding on the area of study.

Students must plan, research and develop their idea in order to realise their finished product.

The finished product can take a number of forms;

  • research based written report ·
  • production* (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event etc.) ·
  • an artefact* (e.g. piece of art, a computer game or realised design).

During the project students are expected to work at a level which is outside the specifications of the subjects which they are studying. The students are supported by a series of sessions designed to teach them the skills required to successfully complete the project, these include;

  • · Research skills including the ability to search for and identify suitable sources of information in the chosen subject area. ·
  • Any skills or techniques that will be required for the safe and effective execution of the project which are not part of the candidate’s course of study. E.g. safe laboratory or workshop technique, professional codes of practice, ethical guidelines, research methodology. ·
  • ICT skills that will enhance the production of the report and/or the development of the project. ·
  • Project management skills including time, resource and task management. ·
  • The format and structure of accepted academic forms of research report. ·
  • Referencing, the evaluation of sources and the prevention of plagiarism. ·
  • Presentation skills.

*A written report must accompany these options.

Course content

The EPQ allows students to show their passions and interests to prospective universities and employers. The course is self-directed and self-motivated with students deciding on the area of study.

Students must plan, research and develop their idea in order to realise their finished product.

The finished product can take a number of forms;

  •  research based written report ·
  • production* (e.g. charity event, fashion show or sports event etc.) ·
  • an artefact* (e.g. piece of art, a computer game or realised design).

During the project students are expected to work at a level which is outside the specifications of the subjects which they are studying. The students are supported by a series of sessions designed to teach them the skills required to successfully complete

  • Research skills including the ability to search for and identify suitable sources of information in the chosen subject area. 
  • Any skills or techniques that will be required for the safe and effective execution of the project which are not part of the candidate’s course of study. E.g. safe laboratory or workshop technique, professional codes of practice, ethical guidelines, research methodology.
  • ICT skills that will enhance the production of the report and/or the development of the project.
  • Project management skills including time, resource and task management.
  • The format and structure of accepted academic forms of research report. · Referencing, the evaluation of sources and the prevention of plagiarism. 
  • Presentation skills.

*A written report must accompany these options.

Entry requirements

Open to all students at the discretion of the sixth form team.

Assessment

Centre Assessed

Students are required to submit a piece of academic writing as evidence of their project outcome (the length of which depends on the type of projrct undertaken) and a production log showing how the project has progressed ove time.

Future opportunities

The EPQ is particularly appreciated by universities as evidence of independent research skills and applicable to all courses.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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