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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Verulam School

Course description

  • Students can choose to do either – a research based essay of 5000 words on a topic which they are interested in. Or they can produce an artefact, model or production plus a written report of about 1000 words.
  • Written work must be properly researched with evidence in the conventional academic form of references, footnotes and a bibliography.
  • Every student is also assessed on a presentation and Q & A session which they deliver to an audience once the production/ essay has been completed.
  • The EPQ also involves the on-going completion of ten official pages comprising a detailed production log with evidence of all stages of planning and production. Research, discussion, evaluation and reflection also have to be documented. This process is an essential focus of the assessment criteria.
  • The course requires a total of 120 hours’ work of which 30 are formally taught as structured ‘guided learning’ hours. The remaining time is largely self-directed time spent on research, planning, writing/ constructing and evaluation.
  • It expected that students will work from June of Year 12 to the following February of Year 13 on their project, writing and presentation. This means that the majority of work will be done over the summer holidays. Formal teaching will cover areas such as referencing, reviewing, presentation skills, report writing and time-management.

Although not a compulsory requirement, a relevant, high-quality EPQ can certainly give a candidate an edge when it comes to university applications. It is an ideal counterbalance to other A-level subjects and provides real opportunities to explore an interest in depth and produce something worthwhile. The skills of organisation, planning, self-motivation, communication and time-management are vital in today’s society. Please contact Mr Meier for further details.

Entry requirements

The EPQ is ideally suited for students who enjoy the coursework aspect of examinations and who are expected to achieve well at GCSE. It is ideal for self-motivated, independent learners who have a passion for a particular area and who wish to pursue it further.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Verulam School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year