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Extended Project AQA at Grey Court School

Course description

An EPQ is a research-based project undertaken on any topic of the student’s choosing: it can be further extension of a subject being studied at A level, a subject area the student wishes to study at university but which is not part of their school curriculum (e.g. medicine) or simply an area of personal interest unrelated to their other studies. Thus an EPQ is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to manage their own learning.

Course content

The Project itself can take several forms. In most cases the student will produce and extended essay of approximately 5,000 words. However, it is possible for the Project to take the form of an artefact, model or construction, a CD/video/DVD of performances or activities, an audio file/multimedia presentation or a journal of activities or events. In these cases a report of at least 1,000 words will accompany the Project.

An EPQ is a research-based project undertaken on any topic of the student’s choosing: it can be further extension of a subject being studied at A level, a subject area the student wishes to study at university but which is not part of their school curriculum (e.g. medicine) or simply an area of personal interest unrelated to their other studies. Thus an EPQ is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to manage their own learning.

                                                                

The project itself can take several forms. In most cases the student will produce an extended essay of approximately 5,000 words. However, it also possible for the project to take the form of an artefact, model or construction, a CD/video/DVD of performances or activities, an audiotape/multimedia presentation or a journal of activities or events. In these cases a report of at least 1,000 words will accompany the project.

As part of the project, the student must complete a production log. This documents the planning and progress of the project, including decision-making and the learner’s reflections on the process. They also deliver a 15 minute presentation to an invited audience, explaining their project and answering questions about it.

Projects are undertaken with the assistance of a Supervisor who guides the student at every level, although they are not allowed to contribute directly to its content.

Because an EPQ requires the student to identify and design their own project, adopt a strategic approach to its management and work independently, it is an ideal vehicle for curriculum enrichment and academic extension and is warmly welcomed by universities because it provides evidence of a student’s capacity for independent learning and the development of the very skills they will need to succeed at university.

At Grey Court students will typically begin their EPQ project in June of Year 12, after they have finished their Year 12 examinations. They will plan, create and deliver the project over a sixth month period.

 

Assessment

Students attend EPQ study skills workshops and submit a project proposal which is assessed by the EPQ coordinator

Future opportunities

The EPQ is valued by leading universities because it fosters independent study skills in students which help them successfully bridge the gap between A-level study and university level education.

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: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: EPQ

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