Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: 5+ in English Language or English Literature


Course description:

The Extended Project allows learners to study a topic area which extends their learning in their area of study. Learners should select a project topic which expands their learning in their field of study, in a related area, or that is relevant to their own personal interests – in other words, you are in control of your own learning! Learners will be assessed on their ability to plan, manage, complete and review their project.

The project is developed over a period of approximately 18 months – during this time students will receive timetabled classes that help to develop skills of enquiry, academic research and production, in addition to 1:1 support from the class teacher.

This qualification will enable learners to:
• have significant input to the choice and design of their project and take responsibility for an individual task or a defined task within a group project
• develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners
• develop and apply decision making and, where appropriate, problem solving skills
• extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
• where appropriate, develop as e-confident learners and apply relevant technologies in their studies
• develop and apply skills, creatively demonstrating initiative and enterprise
• use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for further education and/or career development.

Why you should consider this course:

The Extended Project Qualification is a great way of developing the research skills that are sought after by prospective universities. It is a challenging course that aims to stretch students to push beyond the bounds of ‘taught’ subjects, and to instead rely on their enquiry skills.
This is above all else though an independent endeavour – students will need to be resilient and creative in their approach to their studies – hence the high esteem in which the most competitive universities hold the EPQ. Many universities will lower the A-Level grades for a student who has successfully completed the EPQ, and many students find that having an EPQ to discuss in university interviews has been an invaluable method of proving their interest, expertise and skills in their subject.

Contact Name: Dr M McLaughlin, mmclaughlin@lampton.org.uk