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Extended Project Qualification (E.P.Q.) at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

As a free-standing qualification: Learners may choose to take the Extended Project Qualification as an extension from studies for other qualifications at Level 3, for example GCE, BTEC, NVQ, other academic or vocational qualifications. Alternatively, the Extended Project Qualification may explore an area of personal interest or activity outside the main programme of study. As part of a Diploma course. The Extended Project is a compulsory part of the generic learning component of Diploma qualifications at Level 3. If taken as part of the Diploma, the project topic must either complement and develop the Principal Learning component of the Diploma or support the learner’s progression and development. Delivery of the Extended Project Qualification in centres will involve some teaching of the relevant skills plus mentoring and supervision of the learner’s progress. It will also involve extended independent work by the learner and will require in total up to 120 guided learning hours. Subject to Coordinator and Supervisor comments and approval - General Areas of research could include Architecture & Design, Computing, Music, Dance, Film & Theatre, History (ancient and modern), Sociology, Politics & Society, Language study, Philosophy, Psychology & Religion, The Sciences & Sport, Technology, Fine Art…etc… Subject to approval, students either produce a 5000 word research essay, or manufacture an artefact along with a 1000 word essay. The procedure follows the following scheme: • choose an area of interest • draft a project title • draft aims of the project • plan, research and carry out the project • provide evidence of all stages of project production • all students must deliver a presentation to a specified audience. EXTRA FEATURES: Although specific guidance and teaching will be delivered, this course is very much student orientated and demands a special interest in developing individual research skills - whether text based or in the production of the artefact. Students are therefore encouraged to research and collate their findings with absolute rigour.

Entry requirements

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: In order to meet the demands of the course it is recommended that candidates have literary and communication skills equivalent to their proposed area and topic of study - a grade C or higher at GCSE would be beneficial.

Future opportunities

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: a very useful AS level (for Year 12 or 13), particularly good for university application and interview - the student will be able to give a detailed account of the project undertaken. SUGGESTED COMBINATIONS: combines well with all sixth form subjects, extra curricular activities and other outside school interests - see supervisor

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year