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Extended Project Qualification at Collingwood College

Course description

The EPQ is an independent research project that prepares you for university and employment by giving:

  • An experience of deeper study than is possible at A level;
  • An opportunity to explore a specialised topic;
  • Confidence to work independently and creatively;
  • Practice in essay writing, independent research and formal oral presentation skills.

Course content

An Extended Project might be:

  • A report with findings from an investigation or study;
  • An artefact designed and created by the student;
  • A CD/DVD;
  • A performance.

All Project students have a timetabled session once per week with their Project supervisor, who will guide their progress and teach key skills such as research, cross-referencing, avoiding plagiarism etc. Students are marked on all elements of their “learning journey” and have to supply the following evidence for assessment:

  • Project product (report, product, artefact etc);
  • Written report (5,000 word written investigative report or 2,500 word report if creating an artefact);
  • 10 minute formal presentation on the completed Project;
  • Completed Production Log: a document that the student adds to throughout the year to track their progress and show evidence of planning, time-management and organisational skills.

Entry requirements

It is suited to Year 12 or Year 13 students. However, it should be noted that a high level of literacy is required.


The EPQ is internally assessed and externally moderated. It is worth 70 UCAS points, which is 0.5 of a full A2 level qualification.

Future opportunities

This qualification will involve extended independent work and is, therefore, being viewed very favourably by universities and employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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