The Extended Project or EPQ as it is called is an independently driven project which is designed to equip you for adult life either as a student at university or as a job applicant. You can choose any subject to be the focus; it can be a dissertation or piece of writing of 5000 words or it could be an artifact, play, show, or any expression of a well-researched idea. If you choose the artifact route, you will accompany it with a 1000 word document. Everyone also has to do a formal presentation of their work to an audience taking questions on their findings. The idea is to evolve your idea through independent research and it is your chance to explore something off the curriculum in depth.
Why should I study the course?
Universities love the EPQ and are willing to drop their entry requirements if you are predicted a high grade in your project. This is because it will give you a head start when you go and you are more likely to stay on your course and not drop out. Employers love to see that you can talk passionately about something you have created and where you have shown imagination and determination without being chased by a teacher.
What will I learn an experience?
- Have 30 hours of tuition, but do 90 hours on your own under supervision.
- Have an entirely free choice. Your project could take you anywhere and develop many different skills.
- Improve your research skills.
- Improve your confidence in public speaking and presentation.
- Improve your planning and time-keeping.
Where can I go from here?
Your project can improve your chances of getting on to a competitive course or into a job. If it is associated with one of your A Levels it can increase your motivation to do well in that subject and improve your grades across the board.
What are the entry requirements?
A passion and determination to pursue your idea over many months of independent work. The ability to do a formal extended piece of writing of up to 5000 words or the ability to create an artifact of some kind to a very high standard.