Subject Leader: Mr G Tipping
What specification (syllabus) is being taught?
AQA Extended Project Qualification
EPQ is a level 3 qualification (equivalent to A level) which can be taken in addition to
your A level subjects. You will choose an area of interest and, with guidance, you will research this area of interest and write a 5000 word report.
EPQ is increasingly recognised as a valuable qualification by universities. Admissions
tutors know that a student who has completed a Project has skills which will help them during their degree course and that they have the ability to work independently.
A Project can also demonstrate an interest in the subject a student is applying to study at university. Some universities will lower the grades they require if a student has a good grade for their Project. (EPQ is graded A*-E and contributes to UCAS points.)
Who should take this course?
You will need to have 5 or more results at grade 7 or above.
What are the entry requirements?
Minimum grade 5 in Maths and English.
What are the key topics and themes? When will
they be taught?
You will be timetabled for one lesson each week which will show you how to develop your initial ideas and how to go about your research. The lessons also include skills such as writing a bibliography, using academic sources, evaluation of sources, and academic writing.
You will be expected to record the process you go through in developing your ideas,
how you arrive at your final title, and the decisions you make during your research. You will also have to give a presentation about your research.
You will be allocated a Supervisor who will give you individual support. You will meet with your Supervisor to discuss your ideas and how you intend to develop your research. Your Supervisor will be present for your presentation and is responsible for marking your final Project submission.
How will students be assessed?
When do these assessments take place?
You will submit your Project to your Supervisor at the start of Year 13, before 1 October.
What can students do for revision at home? What materials are provided or available online?
You are expected to take about 120 hours to complete a Project. Thirty of these are
the weekly lessons. You should therefore be spending 1-2 hours each week working
on your research.
Google Classroom is used to provide access to the weekly lesson resources, record
documents and assignments.