Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at De Montfort School
The EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product.
The course encourages creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to a student's main subjects, but should look beyond the exam specifications. A finished product may take the following forms:
- research based written report
- production (for example charity event, fashion show or sports event)
- an artefact (for example piece of art, a computer game or realised design)
Students must also record their project process in their Production Log. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Both the Production Log and Product will be assessed.
A particular strength of the course is that students learn how to reference their work using standard academic techniques such as Harvard Referencing.
There are no formal entry requirements but students will need to be able to show a willingness to work independently and manage their own progress effectively.
Each student is assessed on their finished work (product) and their Production Log. The work is assessed on four key areas:
- Management – identify, design, plan, and complete a project (or task within a group project), applying organisational skills and strategies to meet their stated objectives
- Use of resources/research – obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply it relevantly, and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate connections and complexities of their topic
- Development and realisation – use a range of skills, including using new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve their aims
- Review – evaluate the outcome, including their learning and performance.
Success in the EPQ demonstrates a high degree of independent learning. It is particularly highly prized by universities, who regard it as a strong foundation for extended individual study at a higher level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Montfort School directly.