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Extended Project Qualification at Accord Sixth Form College (@ Ossett Academy)

Course description

EPQ allows students to gain a further Level 3 qualification that is worth UCAS points and helps develop a number of skills that are useful for further study or employment. It is a qualification that allows the student to be totally independent and create a project on any topic area that they wish to research. Many students use the opportunity to build on their knowledge of a particular area of personal interest or explore a subject they haven’t been able to go through A levels.

Students develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners. They develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills and extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills.

A number of the skills that the project develops help students as they can transfer the skills they have developed to other areas of study. A number of universities are now starting to include EPQ in their offers and for some students, this can result in a lower offer if they have taken an EPQ. Please note this does not apply to all courses at all universities, especially courses such as Medicine and Dentistry.


Students need to produce either an individual or group project that consists of a 5000-word report or an artefact with a 2000 word report, a production log and a presentation. The project is marked internally (some projects are requested by AQA for external moderation) and is graded A* - E.

Future opportunities

Other than EPQ developing a number of key skills, being worth UCAS points and meaning possible lower university offers; it also enables students to explore an area they are interested in or passionate about that they haven’t been able to access before.

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: 19 September 2017
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    • A Warm and Welcoming Environment                              

      At Ossett we realise how important your learning environment is and how the facilities that we provide can help successfully support you in your studies.  Through Student Voice we have worked together to create a warm and welcoming Sixth Form Centre, which houses purpose-built classrooms and an Independent Learning Centre, where students also benefit from state-of-the-art ICT facilities, free Wi-Fi access.  We have also recently added a second Sixth Form study facility which provides additional space and ICT access for independent study.  The Lounge café and Post 16 Common Room provides a great place to eat, and comes complete with 2 large TV screens, network points and student lockers.  It’s the ideal place to meet with friends and take a break from your studies.

      The Independent Learning Centre and Post 16 iBase

      Housed within the Sixth Form Centre you will find the Independent Learning Centre, or ILC, which is heavily used throughout the day by all our Sixth Form students. Here you will find a range of paper-based and electronic resources which have been specifically selected by subject staff to help support you in your independent study. If you need help with subject specific references, producing a presentation or simply in need of a photocopy then our full-time Post-16 Learning Mentor is on hand throughout the day to ensure that you are fully supported in your access to important information. Whether you need time for quiet private study or maybe some group work, the ILC provides private study booths and communal areas to allow students to work in different ways. The ILC also provides fantastic ICT facilities, with a full ICT suite, free Wi-Fi access and netbook loan. All students have access to a dedicated careers' advisor who is available to help students make decisions about their future progression.  The facilities on offer in the ILC have recently been extended to iBase which is used exclusively by Post 16 students and offers study support for all students throughout the college day.

      In need of breakfast before your first lesson, a filling tasty lunch or maybe just a coffee at break time then you’ll find what you are looking for at The Lounge - our student centred café housed within the Sixth Form Centre. From subs to soup, pasta to pizzas we cater for all tastes, providing the foods that you like to eat at an affordable price.