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Extended Project Qualification at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

The EPQ is an inspiring qualification whereby students choose an area of interest in order to carry out their own research and develop the skills required for university level study.

The EPQ is awarded UCAS points worth half an A-level and is recognised by universities and employers. This qualification is popular with University admissions tutors and may result in a better offer from a University, giving students an advantage
during the admissions process. Some leading universities, such as Southampton University, make alternative offers to students undertaking an EPQ.

At Cowes, we provide a comprehensive programme, supported by experts from Southampton University. Timetabled, taught sessions develop the skills needed to complete this project such as time management, report writing, research skills, thinking skills, presentation skills and critical self-reflection.

The EPQ is a very independent course as students choose the topic plan, execute and report the work. As a result it leads students to gain genuine enthusiasm and interest in their work and study and become more self-motivated and organised in
preparation for University.

Course content

The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production. A student can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies.

Taught element (approximately 30 hours)

  • Research skills
  • Project management skills
  • ICT skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Skills of self-reflection

Independent study element (90 hours)

  • Research
  • Arranging meetings with supervisor
  • Managing and reporting on the project process
  • Producing the final product (usually an essay) and presentation

The EPQ offers students the opportunities to:

  • Choose their own topic area.
  • Design their project plan and critically reflect on progress.
  • Develop and improve their own independent learning
  • Extend their research skills

Future opportunities

The EPQ is highly regarded by universities, and prepares students for higher level study. It will be of particular benefit to students planning to apply for a competitive course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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