An increasing number of universities are including EPQ in their offers (1/5 of Durham University students have EPQ). Some universities are using EPQ as the basis for discussions in interviews, as they want students to be able to discuss individual research & their own interests outside A’Level study.
Durham University states ‘ a high predicted or actual grade in EPQ will be considered a positive attribute when selecting amongst applicants with similar levels of overall achievement’.
Cambridge University states ‘we welcome the Extended Project and would encourage applicants to undertake one as it will help to develop independent study and research skills valuable for higher education.’
Research has shown that students who study EPQ in the 6th form are more able to perform well at university, as they have already developed skills in independent research.
- Choose a topic for study, this can be anything, as long as it does not overlap with the content of the student’s A Level specifications.
- Identify, design, plan and complete an individual project, applying a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet agreed objectives.
- Obtain, critically select and use information from a range of sources; analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of the topic.
- Select and use a range of skills, solve problems, take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes.
- Evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed objectives and own learning and performance.
- Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions in an appropriate format.
Students will prepare a presentation, which they will carry out in front of a small group of other students.
The project will be internally marked by a DCHS teacher (EPQ supervisor) & moderated by AQA.
You will receive an A’Level grade (A*-E). EPQ is worth more than an AS, in UCAS points.
Mr A Ritchie