The EPQ is an independent research project on a topic of your choice which must be an extension of your A-level study. You will produce either a 5000 word essay or an artefact supported by a 1500 word report.
You will be taught research skills and provided with supervision to guide you through the research process. The EPQ attracts UCAS points up to A* and is highly regarded by Russell Group Universities and providers of Higher Level Apprenticeships.
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) course at St Brendan’s begins in the summer term of Year 13. Students taking EPQ are taught 1 lesson a week and study independently for other lessons.
Why should you take the Extended Project Qualification?
This qualification allows you to develop your learning in one or more of your A-level subjects. It emphasizes your ability to carry out independent research and your ability to plan and realise a project. You will also be demonstrating these skills to universities and potential employers who find selection of candidates difficult.
You will achieve a Level 3 qualification at A2 standard which attracts UCAS points up to A*.
The main content of the course is as follows
- Carry out initial research to propose a project with clear aims & objectives which is an extension of your existing studies
- Research and realize the project, providing evidence of evaluation at each stage
- Present your findings and experience of the research process
This course is offered to second year A-level students only, who have shown particular aptitude in a subject area.
Examples of Extended Projects
‘A documentary exploring the issues behind the decline of theatre audience while cinema remains popular’
‘Did Gustave Flaubert’s novel, Madame Bovary, revolutionise French Literature, culture and attitudes?’
‘Public Art in Bristol from high art to low culture; who chooses it? What is the impact of it on its surroundings and what do people think?’