In Year 12 and in Year 13 the EPQ will be available to all students as an independent piece of work undertaken with the support of a project supervisor (a teacher). The course normally starts in the late autumn once you have settled into your Sixth Form studies. The completed project will need to be submitted by the spring term in Y13.
All students retaking English GCSE (with Grade 3 or 4) will be strongly encouraged to enter for the Extended Project Qualification because we believe that by effectively managing an individually chosen project students will learn and develop essential skills to help them succeed in their A Levels or BTECs. The study of academic writing and research will also support Level 3 study. The EPQ will be timetabled alongside the English re-take, with one period a week for EPQ and 2 for the retake. There is an option to complete the Level 2 qualification if this is more appropriate. For English GCSE resit students the EPQ is delivered in Year 12 of your Sixth Form study.
There is a taught element of core independent learning skills such as project management, research skills and academic referencing which you will not be examined on but need to be applied to your project.
There are then two options:
1. A 5,000 word written report on a topic of your choosing.
2. An ‘artefact’ with a 1,000 word written report explaining your research and method of production.
Both options also include the completion of a production log reflecting on the whole of the EPQ process and an end of project presentation. These are compulsory elements.
The completed project, production log and presentation is marked as a whole internally before marks are sent to the exam board for verification. Grades A*-E are available. The EPQ is worth half an A Level (attracting UCAS points - eg Grade A = 24 points).
You need to be able to identify a topic you wish to develop into a project, sustain that interest for a year, undertake independent research, take responsibility for your own learning and realise the goal you have set yourself.
To universities, the EPQ demonstrates the necessary academic skills, project management and sustained interest in a topic required by undergraduates. Some universities will make offers with lower A Level grades to students with a relevant EPQ. For students not wishing to go to university the EPQ offers an opportunity to develop other skills and interests which could be of use after leaving school, for example previous projects by KES students have involved setting up a record label, curating an art exhibition and developing iron working skills. The skills you choose to develop will depend on what your own interests and plans are for your future.