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Extended Project Qualification Level 3 at The Bishop Wand Church of England School

Course description

The Extended Project Qualification is invaluable in allowing you to explore a topic of interest and develop your research skills ready for university or employment. It is a fun and refreshing change from set syllabuses as it is completely your decision what to investigate. Perhaps you want to investigate the source of income inequality in the UK or want to perform a piece of music using instruments you have made yourself! The choice is entirely yours! It is an excellent way to deepen your subject knowledge beyond the specification or plug an interest gap not covered by your A Levels e.g. you want to study International Politics or Sociology.

Course content

This qualification is offered during the Enrichment time and in addition to three Level 3 qualifications. Students can choose the format that suits their research project best; many choose a 5000 word dissertation or investigation but students are also able to devise a performance or create an artefact and support this with a 1000 word commentary. Students will be mentored throughout the project and taught essential time management and research skills to enable them to complete their project. The qualification is worth the same UCAS points as half an A Level.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C grades including English and Maths 4.


The qualification is 100% coursework which comprises of a final project/performance/artefact, the EPQ production log and a presentation to non specialists.

Students are continuously assessed on their ability to:
- Manage their project,
- Use a range of resources critically,
- Develop and realise their project outcome,
- Review and evaluate their project outcome.

Future opportunities

Universities welcome the Extended Project as excellent preparation for undergraduate study and some even reduce entry requirements for candidates with this qualification. Dependent on the project you choose this can also be an excellent way of gaining skills that are applicable to a range of higher level apprenticeships; for example, a project which involved organizing a large charity event would develop business acumen and organizational skills.

Further information

This will be entirely dependent on the research project you choose and the opportunities you discover. In the past, student projects have led them to a range of learning opportunities beyond the classroom for example interviewing health specialists, visiting London Museums, attending council meetings and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop Wand Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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