The Extended Project
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): Level 3 (AQA 9990)
Lower Sixth Formers are offered the opportunity to enter for the Extended Project Qualification at the end of the Easter Term. This is a student-driven qualification, giving the freedom and responsibility to the individual to select topics and projects. Students follow a clearly structured process, during which they plan, research their topic and create a product which can be in one of three formats:
- a written research report of 5000 words
- a production supported by a written report of 1000 words (eg charity event, fashion show, sports event etc)
- an artifact supported by a written report of 1000 words (eg a piece of art, a computer game, a realised design).
During the process the students will learn to mature into critical, reflective and independent learners; develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills and increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills. At the end of the process in the Easter Term of their Upper Sixth year, the students deliver a presentation. In this way students acquire knowledge and transferable skills that are invaluable for further study in Higher Education and the workplace.
Students are assessed on the process that they undertake to achieve the product as well as the finished outcome. This is the equivalent of half an A level, meaning that the assessment level is that of A2 with a maximum of 70 UCAS points available for the A* grade.
Those who choose to embark on EPQ should have genuine enthusiasm for their chosen project and an awareness of the time commitment necessary to make a success of the qualification. Given that the Extended Project is an additional qualification to A levels, it is not going to be appropriate for all students and must not detract from A level study.