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Extended Project at City of Norwich School

Course description

The Extended Project is a major piece of independent project work, started at the end of Year 12 and continued during the summer holidays and in Year 13. It allows students to specialise in an area that really interests the individual and work in a way that mirrors the style of independent learning required by universities. The choice of topic is carried out in negotiation with the Project Tutor, who has regular tutorials with the student to check on progress and give support and advice.


This is a fast-growing qualification, worth up to an additional 70 UCAS points (same as an AS level) Graded A* to E The outcomes on which assessment is based are: A project dissertation or report (for some candidates it could be a performance or an artefact)An oral presentation to share research methods and conclusions


The Extended Project enables a student to undertake truly independent research and allows a student to become an expert in a field of their choosing. The EPQ helps in the development of many key skills such as independent learning, research and critical thinking which are valued by both employers and universities. We really value its ability to develop independent planning, research and analysis skills and so do Russell Group universities some of whom make reduced offers for places on degree courses to successful candidates predicted an A or A* in their Extended Project. The EPQ is also an opportunity to show academic commitment and to explore a topic you enjoy for its own sake.

Entry requirements

A minimum requirement of 3 x A*-B and 3 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 4 A’ levels. A minimum requirement of 5 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 3 A’ levels with directed time. A minimum requirement of a B grade in English Language or Mathematics GCSE for students who wish to study English Literature and Further Mathematics respectively. Other Level 2 qualifications are not accepted as GCSE equivalences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Norwich School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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