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Extended Project Qualification at The Thetford Academy

Course description

GENERAL AIMS: The project develops and demonstrates

your ability to independently plan and organise a

research project, obtain and analyse relevant data or

evidence, use and develop skills to achieve planned

outcomes and to evaluate those outcomes at the end

of the project. You will be expected to spend 120 hours

on the EPQ, including about 10 hours of meetings

with your mentor. It is equivalent to an AS level and

carries up to 70 UCAS points if an A* is achieved.

COURSE OUTLINE: With the emphasis on independent

research and self-regulation, you will be assigned

a mentor who will advise and assist you at each

stage of the project. In broad terms, the project

will be organised and assessed like this:

n Initial planning meeting with your mentor

n Submission of research topic and outline plan

n Mid project review with mentor

n End of project review with mentor

n Submission of research project and/or artefact

n Presentation of research project and/or artefact

The project should be 5,000 words or an equivalent

artefact and written report combination.

You might submit a 5,000 word dissertation-style

extended essay, but if you were conducting sociological

research then an observation journal could count

towards the word limit, a linguistic study might include

a CD, an engineering project might include a model or

construction, etc. All artefacts must be accompanied

by a written report of at least 1,000 words.

NATURE OF STUDY: Independent research

and evidence analysis; Selection of data; Time

management; Self-evaluation and reflection;

Giving a presentation on a complex subject.

Entry requirements

Sixth Form Entry

Year 12

A Levels

5 A*-C at GCSE, including a C in English + Mathematics,

with a B grade in the chosen subject areas for A Level.

BTEC Level 3

4 A*-C, preferably including a C in English + Mathematics.

BTEC Level 2

2 D grades.

Year 13

Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of

Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on

satisfactory performance in the examinations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thetford Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 July 2014

Key information

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