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Extended Project Qualification at Bournemouth School for Girls

Course description

An EPQ is a totally independent piece of work undertaken by a student on any subject of their choice. The qualification should take 90 hours to complete, plus up to 30 hours of “taught skills” in school. Students allocate their own time and motivate themselves to complete the project, but taught skills sessions are held during school hours. The final product can be in the form of a 5,000 word essay, artefact, performance or group project. Students also submit a Log of their activities and reflections, and give a presentation at which they must answer questions from the audience. Students are supported by a Supervisor, but all decisions are taken by the students themselves.

EPQ is an additional qualification begun in June of year 12, and completed in April of year 13.

Course content

Manage (10 marks) 
Identify, design, plan, and carry out a project, applying a range of skills, strategies and methods to achieve objectives. 

Use Resources (10 marks) 
Research, critically select, organise and use information, and select and use a range of resources. Analyse data apply relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any links, connections and complexities of the topic. 

Develop and Realise (20 marks) 
Select and use a range of skills, including, where appropriate, new technologies and problem-solving, to take decisions critically and achieve planned outcomes. 

Review (10 marks) 
Evaluate all aspects of the extended project, including outcomes in relation to stated objectives and own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced project outcomes and conclusions in an appropriate format.

Entry requirements

Any Year 12 student with good organisation and time management skills, who wants to do an EPQ and has a feasible idea.

Further information

Why choose to do an Extended Project?

•  For the love of learning and the intellectual and organisational challenge.

•  It may improve a UCAS application in a subject not studied at school or in a highly competitive course.

•  It is worth half an A level (up to 70 UCAS points).

•  Universities value EPQ and are beginning to make alternative lower offers for those students with an EPQ in progress.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bournemouth School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015
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