Extended Project Qualification

Examination Board: AQA

Specification: 7993

Course Leader: Mr K Alexander

Contact Email: kalexander@tgschool.net

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) offers sixth form students the opportunity to study a topic in depth and produce a final dissertation. It is a free-standing qualification and its purpose is to add a further dimension to sixth form studies and to stretch the more ambitious scholar.

EPQ Lessons & Assessment

Students who wish to attempt the EPQ will attend an introductory set of lessons that prepare them to choose a topic and to carry out research. For much of the course they will work independently, although their progress will be monitored by a supervisor who will offer guidance and support. During the course there will be further lessons to develop the analytical skills of the students and to prepare them to write the final dissertation, which will be 5,000 words in length or at least 1,000 words if producing an artefact. The dissertation is assessed internally and moderated externally.

The EPQ represents a significant additional undertaking for any A level student, so good time management will be essential. Part of the final assessment asks the students to reflect on their experience and to evaluate objectively their own performance. Participation in the EPQ should enhance a student’s performance in all subjects and provide an excellent foundation for study
at university.

Benefits of EPQ

The course is not compulsory but it offers some significant benefits to those involved who will:

•  Pursue in depth one aspect of their A level studies, which should develop their knowledge and understanding.

•  Undertake a significant piece of research which should be excellent preparation for university study.

•  Develop their powers of analysis and expression.

•  Have an excellent command of one topic to quote on their university applications and discuss at interview.

•  Enhance their Curriculum Vitae.

“We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project Qualification and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop
independent study and research
skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education.”

(University of Cambridge)

“The university is supportive of the requirement to undertake an Extended Project ... It is expected that some admissions tutors may make two alternative offers to those offering this qualification, one of which involves success in the Extended Project
(for example either AAA at A level or AAB
at A level plus Extended Project).”

(University of Bristol)