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Extended Project at The Regis School

Course description

The Extended Project Qualification is a free-standing qualification which offers students a free project choice, so they can explore in depth

• an aspect of a subject they are studying, or

• a topic in which they have a personal interest.

Evidence can be provided in any form appropriate to the type of project chosen, and may include:

• an artefact, model or construction

• a CD/video/DVD of performances or activities

• an audiotape/multimedia presentation

• a journal of activities or events

• a slide or PowerPoint presentation

• a photographic record of the project.

The Extended project will develop and build upon a wide range of transferable skills that will be useful for all other subject areas chosen. These will include decision making and problem solving, independent learning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills.

Course content

The topic for the project is chosen by the student and agreed by the student’s teacher, who then acts as his or her supervisor. The student has to show that they can meet the following objectives:

AO1 – Manage

Identify, design, plan, and complete the project, applying organisational skills and strategies to meet stated objectives.

AO2 - Use Resources/Research

Obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of your topic.

AO3 - Develop and Realise

Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve planned outcomes.

AO4 - Review

Evaluate outcomes including your own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to convey and present evidenced outcomes and conclusions.

Entry requirements

At least 9 GCSE grades at B or above, including a B or above in English and at least one more A grade in a subject which relates to the intended project. The Extended Project Qualification is the equivalent of half an A level – the work is completed at A level standard, and it is usually taken as the 4th option choice in year 12.


Most students who complete the EPQ write an extended essay of 4000 words. However, you can choose to create something or undertake an investigation, which will be supported by a 2000 word write-up to show your research process. You will also deliver a formal presentation of your findings to your peers at the end of the course, and complete a full production log which shows your progress towards completing the project over time.

Future opportunities

The EPQ offers you a unique opportunity to develop essential skills for higher education and the workplace, in a subject area of your own choice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Regis School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017