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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) gives you more control over your studies than ever before.  You can choose to explore a further aspect of a subject you are studying, or simply choose a topic that you have a personal interest in.

There are four types of EPQ projects – all are worth the same number of marks. You do not have to choose which of the four types you would like to do until well into the course. The four types of EPQ are: Dissertation (extended essay on a topic such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, the life of a famous person etc), Investigation (fieldwork in geography, biology or psychology), Performance (any type of performance including drama, music and sporting performances) and Artefact (anything that you feel like making – eg an artwork, photo album, item of clothing, a cake, a music CD, a DVD, a computer game or a website). 

The lessons are interactive and great fun, with room for group and paired work as well as individual contributions.   There is a great atmosphere in which to express your interests and research in your chosen topic.

Course content

Examining Body:  Edexcel

The Extended Project is counted as half a full A level It gives you UCAS points (up to 70)

Students have to:

  • Choose a topic to study
  • Complete a production log to document the project process
  • Plan, research and carry out their project
  • Prepare a presentation on the outcome

Why should you do an EPQ?

  • You get valuable UCAS points (up to 70 points)
  • You can put it in your personal statement for university as an example of independent study and to show that you have learnt and applied detailed research skills
  • Employers like it as you have to solve problems and keep a record of your modifications and refinements
  • You will develop and improve your own learning and performance as a critical, reflective and independent learner
  • You will develop and apply decision making and problem solving skills
  • There are twenty structured lessons which teach valuable research and presentation skills  ‐  useful for university, work and life!
  • After the twenty lessons there is plenty of time to develop your EPQ project on your own with help from your teacher.
  • The course finishes at Easter, after which you are free to concentrate on your other subjects.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.   

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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