Enrichment - Extended Project Qualification at Arthur Mellows Village College
Why should I study EPQ?
Have you ever thought to yourself ‘I wish we could learn about . . . ‘? Or yearned to carry out a scientific experiment? Direct your own film? Investigate a topic close to your heart? The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will enable you to do exactly that. You decide on the topic for your project and we teach you the skills that enable you to pursue it.
There are many benefits associated with EPQ. It could be used to support your personal goals for higher education and/or career development, you might use it to add depth or breadth to an examination subject you are working on, or to draw connections between different subjects. Additionally, the qualification aims to provide you with good preparation for a number of the skills sought by both employers and higher education, for example: independent learning skills, problem solving, project planning, research skills and presentation skills.
What will I do during the course?
EPQ comprises of 3 key requirements:
1. Create a 5000 word dissertation (long essay) OR an artefact (creation) with a 1000 word report on a subject of your choice
2. Record your progress using a ‘Production Log’
3. Present your findings (either formally - in front of a small audience, or informally - by creating exhibition materials to show at a school event).
Throughout the year lessons will involve learning a range of project management skills to support your project development. You will also be assigned a mentor to guide you and promote your skills.
What qualifications do I need to start?
Preferably grade B or above in English and 4 other subjects at GCSE. However, students who can demonstrate they possess the appropriate independent learning skills will be considered.
How will I be assessed?
EPQ is a skills-based qualification, assessed at A2 Level, equivalent in size to an AS and graded A* to E. The 4 assessment objectives assess your skills at ‘managing’ the project; your use of sources to gather data; the development of your project and its outcomes; and your ability to reflect upon both the outcomes of the project and your own project skills. The qualification is entirely coursework so there is no examinable component. Your completed project, the production log and presentation evidence, along with any additional materials that provide evidence of your skills will be submitted for internal assessment, and then sent to external moderators before a grade is awarded.
Where can it lead? •
Dr Geoff Parks, director of admissions at Cambridge University, said: "The potential benefits of extended projects are enormous. Cambridge is one of many universities which support extended projects as good preparation for degree-level study.” • “We welcome applications from students offering the Extended Project alongside A Levels. We value the research skills and independent learning that the Extended Project is designed to develop.” Newcastle University • “The University welcomes the introduction of the extended project qualification. Some of our departments may include the extended project as part of an offer, particularly where it has relevance to their subject”. University of Bath.
In addition, careers in project management might be inspired by completion of this qualification, and the new skills you develop are highly sought by employers in all areas of industry.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.