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Extended Project Qualification at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

The EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product. We encourage creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to a student's main study programme, but should look beyond the specification.

Course content

During the EPQ, they will learn to:

manage – identify, design, plan, and complete a project (or task within a group project), applying organisational skills and strategies to meet their stated objectives.

use resources/research – obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply it relevantly, and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate connections and complexities of their topic.

develop and realise – use a range of skills, including using new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve their aims.

review – evaluate the outcome, including their learning and performance.

Entry requirements

General 6th Form entry requirements as on school's website.

The Extended Project Qualification will start in the summer term of Year 12. Students should be highly motivated and organised. These skills are essential as the majority of work is completed in non-lesson time and students will have to be independent in their approach.



A finished product may take the form of a:

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

*A written report must accompany these options.

Students must also record their project process in their Production Log. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Both the Production Log and Product will be assessed.

Written essays will be approximately 5000 words.

The EPQ is graded on an A*–E scale with the final grade reflecting the number of UCAS points available (Up to70 UCAS points for an A*).

Further information

For further information contact Mr S Connell, Head of 6th Form

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September