Extended Project at West Hatch High School
The EPQ gives students the opportunity to research a topic of their interest; this does not have to be based on an academic subject that the student is studying. However, it is important that students show the project to be relevant to their educational aspirations. So someone who wants to study English literature could examine the way poverty is portrayed in Victorian novels, for example, or wannabe lawyers could look at the relationship between the press and police.
Comments from universities:
· Oxford: ‘Where applicants have undertaken the Extended Project (EP), the university will not make this a condition for an offer but recognises that the EP will provide an applicant with the opportunity to develop research and academic skills relevant for study at Oxford. Candidates are encouraged to draw upon their experience of undertaking the project when writing their personal statement, particularly if the topic is allied to their chosen degree course.’
· Warwick: ‘Warwick welcomes the development of the Extended Project and we anticipate that this qualification will assist in our assessment of an applicant’s potential to succeed at undergraduate level study.”
In a rapidly changing world with increased competition for places at universities and in the job market, the EPQ will set students apart and give them an edge over other students applying for university or in the world of work.
Students must be studying another course at Level 3. This is however an optional subject.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Hatch High School directly.