The Extended Project Qualification offers students an exciting chance to stretch and challenge themselves whilst developing the skills and confidence to succeed in Higher Education and the job market. The Extended Project is a single, stand-alone piece of work which will require students to use research, critical thinking, planning and evaluation. It is a Level 3 qualification, graded A*-E and equivalent to an AS level carrying a maximum of 70 UCAS points.
Students can produce a mini-dissertation of 5000 words or a creative visual or performance piece.
The Extended Project could develop and extend from one or more of the learner’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic agreed by the student and agreed as appropriate by the centre. There will be teaching of the necessary skills, supervision and assessment of the student’s progress. The main emphasis is on extended autonomous work by the student, allowing student ownership of the project.
All students attend a lecture and seminar programme which will also help prepare them for the demands of further study or employment.
What Do Universities Say?
University of Southampton
“All applicants (including those in the current 2012/13 cycle) for our Humanities courses (excluding Music) and Human and Social Sciences courses (excluding Maths) undertaking an EPQ will be made an alternative offer alongside our traditional offer. The alternative offer will be one grade reduced from our traditional offer in exchange for an A in the EPQ. For example, for History, whose traditional offer is AAB, we would make an alternative offer of ABB.”
“It is our hope that this will send out a clear message to students that we value the EPQ, and appreciate the hard work that goes into completing one. We also hope that this will serve to encourage more students to undertake the EPQ, reduce the number that drop out once university offers come in, and also result in more EPQ students applying to us. We have an increasingly compelling evidence base that students who did well at the EPQ settle in well to their undergraduate study at a research-intensive university like ours, and so are keen to see more of them in our lecture theatres and seminar rooms.”
University of Cambridge
“We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education.”
“We value the skills of research and independent learning that the Extended Project is designed to develop. We welcome applications from students offering the Extended Project alongside A levels. As the Extended Project is optional it is not a requirement for application. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account. Your offer may be varied as a result, in recognition of the level of study skills you will have developed.”
Queen Mary – University of London
A recent article in the Queen Mary University of London newsletter explained what the Extended Project Qualification is, how it can help you prepare for university, and how it can enhance your UCAS application. You can read the article here.
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