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Extended Project Qualification AQA AS Level 'Fees payable' at Hethersett Old Hall School

Course description

The EPQ is a highly enjoyable and fulfilling experience because you will explore an area that you are interested in. You will develop core study skills which will benefit you when you enter higher education or employment.
Results for the EPQ examinations over the last few years have been consistently high. The UCAS points gained from a successful EPQ can form a significant factor in gaining access to the university course of your choice. Being successful in the project is likely to enhance your application to higher education or for a job.
The extended project qualification (EPQ) is a process-based qualification. You will choose a topic, then plan, execute and report on the work. You must gather and submit evidence of your journey from idea to artefact. This involves independent research and learning and you will be taught relevant study skills to help you.
These will include time management, organisational skills, critical analysis, research methodology, library skills, referencing and presentation skills. Your research is overseen and assessed by a project supervisor who will support you. However, the EPQ is your project and the supervisor will not tell you what to do but offer suggestions and advice throughout. Problem-solving and decision-making skills are part of the marking criteria.


Course content

What and how will I study?


You will choose a topic or area of interest to form an individual project and:

  • Identify and draft the main aims and objectives of this project.
  • Plan, research and carry out your project. During this research phase, you will apply certain organisational skills and strategies to fulfil your project objectives. You need to obtain and select information from a number of different sources, analyse data and show that you understand the complexities of the topic you have chosen. In some cases you will need to research and develop new skills and techniques.
  • Provide evidence of all stages of your project.
  • Reflect on your learning from completing the project.

Entry requirements

No special entry requirements are required.


You will:

  • Produce a written report between 1000 and 5000 words.
  • Carry out a presentation about your project suitable for a non-specialist audience.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hethersett Old Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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    • Welcome to Hethersett Old Hall School Sixth Form, the part of the school that prepares girls aged 16-18 for their public examinations at  A Level and their future lives at university and beyond.

      The Sixth Form represents an important period of transition: from a broad GCSE curriculum to the narrower A Level one, from school to university and from childhood to adulthood. Our aim is to make these transitions as smooth as possible by equipping girls with the relevant study and life skills to navigate through the changes they will face in a rapidly-changing society.

      In academic terms, our small, single-sex classes play a huge part in this. The staff-pupil relationship is enhanced by a university-style tutor-student relationship and rapport is noticeably strong as a result. Your daughter will be challenged to excel and able to progress at a pace that suits her natural learning style.

      At the start of Year 13, the UCAS university application process begins in earnest. Sixth Form tutors are knowledgeable and experienced in the university application process and will explore career options with your daughter on a one to one basis. Tutors’ detailed knowledge of their tutees means that girls receive meaningful advice on developing a strong personal statement for UCAS applications. Former pupils have been offered places on a diverse range of courses at top universities including medicine at Oxford and scholarships to the London School of Fashion; the main benefit, however, is that every sixth former will be guided in choosing the right courses for her interests and ability.

      In preparation for university and adulthood, your daughter will be able to enjoy a greater sense of independence and responsibility afforded in part by separate Sixth Form facilities. These include a spacious common room and kitchen, a study room, careers library and separate boarding areas. Sixth formers are expected to lead by example and play a role in wider school life, be that mentoring younger pupils or organising charity and house events. In return, our Sixth Form enrichment programme enables them to experience activities ranging from very practical car mechanics workshops to more creative synchronised swimming sessions in the school pool!

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