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Extended Project Qualification at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

The course aims are that students should become more critical, reflective and independent learners; develop and apply decision-making and problem solving skills; increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills and learn to apply new technologies confidently.

Course content

Examination Board WJEC. Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the WJEC website. The Level 3 Extended Project Qualification gives students the opportunity to choose their own research topic; makes students responsible for their own learning and development, and inspires and motivates students. Completing the project gives them greater confidence and a sense of achievement. It teaches new skills, such as, independent research, project management, reflection and self-directed learning.

Students can gain up to 28 UCAS points for an A* in the EPQ. Students are assessed on their ability to manage, develop, record and realise their projects. The EPQ is 100% coursework and is graded on an A* to E scale. Approximately 70% of the marks are from completion of the log and the remainder from the 5000 word essay (if the student chooses the ‘Extended written report‘) or the 1500 word report and ‘artefact’ if something is made.


Students have the option to sign up for the EPQ during the autumn term and they will be assigned a supervisor. Lessons are not timetabled for this qualification although ‘taught skills’ are delivered in the E option block through tutorials, enrichment studies or voluntary lunchtime enrichment. There are a variety of timelines students can work through for completion: students will start their projects in November of year 12 and may choose to complete them either in July of year 12 or by February of year 13. All projects will be submitted to the exam board in May of year 13.

Further information on the EPQ will be shared with students at the launch in the first two days of the Curriculum Challenge week in November. Ms Davidson, as coordinator, is the point of contact.

Future opportunities

Russell Group universities rate this qualification highly because of the independence students develop and demonstrate by completing it. It is an excellent preparation for undergraduate work and research and as such universities credit it with up to 70 UCAS points.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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