WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
The EPQ is a unique and exciting course. It is different to other qualifications as it can be about anything the student is interested in. You pick your title and you work to complete your project. The EPQ is regarded highly by Higher Education institutions as they see it as equipping students with crucial skills such as independent learning and research skills.
AIMS OF THE COURSE
To develop student’s ability to:
Manage their own learning and design an extended project of their choice.
Develop and improve their own learning and improve their ability to approach coursework and extended writing.
Apply decision making and problem solving skills.
Carry out research that is academically rigorous.
Plan, create and evaluate their findings.
Be creative and present in front of a wide audience.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
The course involves some taught elements which will be provided in the first two terms and students then need to work independently on their project and will attend regular tutorials with their supervisor to track progress.
Students will produce either:
An artefact and report – this could be anything from a musical score to a remote controlled car – with this the students would need to write a 1000 word report.
A 5000 word written report – this is also on anything the student chooses. It may be based on a hobby or something you wish to study at University.
All candidates must also complete a production log throughout their project and they must all present to an audience about their project.
This course develops a number of key skills and is extremely useful for any student wishing to progress to further education in any area requiring independent learning and research or those entering employment and wishing to develop transferable skills such as communication, action planning and team work.
The Higher Education institutions regard this course very highly and will often accept it as a third or fourth subject. Students who complete the project will be able to use the skills in the rest of the A Level courses and can discuss the project in personal statements and at interviews. The ability to carry out the project allows a student to demonstrate they have the skills needed to enter higher education and the workplace.