Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) A Level at The Corsham School
This is a qualification that starts in the January of Year 12. It is designed as a “stretch and challenge” opportunity, to investigate a topic beyond the normal confines of A Levels and can attract the only A* at AS Level.
It demonstrates that you have some of the key skills required for university study. It is very good evidence to put in a UCAS personal statement that you can work independently, research, plan, argue and present.
Most applicants claim to have these skills but, by carrying out an extended project, you would have something specific to relate these claims to. The evidence seems to be that universities are very keen on students who have done, or are undertaking, an extended project, mainly because the skills that are involved are those that they believe are important for students to successfully access their courses.
WHAT SORT OF PROJECTS CAN BE DONE?
There has to be a “product”, which could be an extended essay on any topic (max 5,000 words) plus a presentation (usually involving a PowerPoint). Alternatively, the product could be a play, a piece of art, a model or a film, also accompanied by some sort of presentation which involves answering questions. Above all, the project should be on an area of personal interest that you are keen to find out more about.
SHOULD MY PROJECT BE ON A TOPIC RELATED TO MY CHOICE OF DEGREE SUBJECT OR ONE OF MY A LEVELS?
Hopefully you are very interested in the subject that you are applying to study at university, so it would not be unusual for you to want to research a topic related to your degree choice but this is not a requirement. The project is more about the process than the outcome and it is perfectly reasonable to have intelligent interests beyond your academic subjects.
WHAT EXACTLY WILL I HAVE TO DO?
- You will have to identify a project and get this approved by your project supervisor.
- You will have to do some project planning.
- You will have to research
- You will have to produce the product
- You will have to present the product to a nonspecialist audience and answer questions
- You will have to evaluate the process and the outcome
WHEN WILL I DO IT?
We will advise students to start the project in January of Year 12. Lessons on how to improve your project and present academic writing take place during Year 12 and Year 13.
You can get further information from Mr Bolter or Mrs Utton.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Corsham School directly.