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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Heckmondwike Grammar School

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Course Content

YEAR 12
Lessons begin in the second half of the autumn term. These lessons are used to explore potential themes for the project and go beyond the A level curriculum. 
Lessons to help students develop higher level research and study skills are delivered during the spring term prior to students starting research on their own project in the summer term. The format of the lessons is varied and includes lecture, seminar and workshop style sessions. Students are expected to prepare for lessons and actively participate in a variety of activities including debates and presentations. This includes completion of an online study skills course from the University of Southampton and attendance at a study day at the University of Leeds, where they can access the university library and online resources. This provides the foundation for students to continue working independently on their project during the summer holidays.

YEAR 13
Students present their research findings to their supervisor and peers during the autumn term prior to handing in their completed project in October of year 13.
Assessment
Students are assessed in the following areas
•    Managing a research project
•    Use of resources
•    Developing an idea
•    Reviewing the process

The completed project portfolio should include
•    A research based report or production of an artefact
•    The recording of progress and decision making in a production log
•    Evidence of research and source analysis
•    Presenting the project findings to an audience of staff and peers
 

Entry requirements

Selection
The EPQ is an addition to the A level provision at year 12. It is an optional extra and there are a limited number of places. Students apply for a place on the programme through a formal application process and places are awarded based on enthusiasm, work ethic and demonstration of study skills.

Why opt for the EPQ

Enhanced university application

Many universities will make reduced grade offers to students who have successfully completed the EPQ

The EPQ is worth UCAS points

Development of skills needed for higher education

Higher level study skills that can be transferred to other A level subjects
 

 

Assessment

Assessment

Students are assessed in the following areas
•    Managing a research project
•    Use of resources
•    Developing an idea
•    Reviewing the process

The completed project portfolio should include
•    A research based report or production of an artefact
•    The recording of progress and decision making in a production log
•    Evidence of research and source analysis
•    Presenting the project findings to an audience of staff and peers

Future opportunities

Opportunities


The Extended Project Qualification is a research based project qualification. It is a level 3 qualification and is equal to half an A level. Students carry out independent research in order to produce a 5000 word report or create an artefact such as a computer programme, musical composition or experiment.

Further information

Special Features

Many universities and employers require evidence that students are self-motivated and skilled in independent learning. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a piece of independent research undertaken by students, in addition to their core A Level programme, which develops these essential skills. The research can be on almost any topic in which you have a personal interest and if related to your A Level subjects it must go beyond the specification. The finished project can take the form of:-

  • research based written report
  • production* (eg charity event, fashion show or sports event etc)
  • an artefact* (eg piece of art, a computer game or realised design)

* a written report must accompany these options

The work produced must be of A Level standard.

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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52

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