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Extended Project Qualification at La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School

Course description

The Extended Project is an extremely highly valued qualification that designed to demonstrate high level independent research and planning. It provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career. It can also be used it to earn extra UCAS points. It is a level 3 (advanced level equivalent) qualification although it carries fewer UCAS points than a full A-level

The EPQ is taken alongside a full study programme and cannot be a substitute for an A level. It will begin in year 12 and be completed in year 13.

Entry requirements

Average GCSE score of more than 6.5 (APS 6.5 or above)


Assessment is via a presentation, project planning log and the final project. All 3 components are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Students are assessed on the quality of their planning, organisation, and research, as well as on their ability to reflect on what they have done and evaluate the quality and success of their work. The EPQ must include a brief presentation at the end, which can be to a small audience, including the supervisor. The “Log” or planning document and record, is a compulsory part, as is the presentation, because marks are awarded for organisation and quality of oral as well as written communication.

Manage= 20%

Use resources = 20%

Develop and realise = 40%

Review = 20%

Future opportunities

The EPQ has proved invaluable for many students to support and provide an excellent quality of evidence for their university applications. Some examples include high level biological research helping a student to secure a place on a medical degree, sociological investigation leading to a Cambridge place to read Anthropology, and many instances where students have become confident experts in their chosen field.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017
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