Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) OCR
“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” – Cambridge University
Why Choose the EPQ?
- The EPQ is a unique opportunity to develop the essential skills for higher education.
- You will gain valuable research and project management skills.
- You are given the independence to choose a topic that reflects your interests and will work closely with your tutor to develop your ideas.
- The format your EPQ takes is up to you; this can include a model or prototype, a written report or even a painting or event.
- The EPQ also grants you UCAS points which more and more universities are accepting as part of their entry requirements for courses.
- 1 in 5 successful applicants to Durham University completed an EPQ in 2015.
- You will be able to discuss your project and its progress as part of your UCAS personal statement and you will be equipped with the skills and expertise required to undertake Higher Education or apply these skills in the workplace.
How is the EPQ taught?
- The EPQ has a taught element which comprises of 50 hours of skills acquisition led by teachers.
- Teachers sessions will include lessons on research methods, spreadsheets and data analysis alongside various other skills that will be needed by students for their projects, some of these sessions will be tailored to specific projects, i.e.; event management for those students organising an event.
- The remaining 70 hours will be spent on independent work by the students which will be supervised by teachers who will assist by mentoring and record keeping throughout.
How is the EPQ assessed?
- Students are assessed on their management of the project, their use of resources, development and realisation throughout the project and their ability to review findings usually assessed through a reflective log which takes the form of a Project Progression Record.
- Students will be assessed on the development of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills as well as functional skills such as Literacy, Numeracy and ICT.
EPQ Course Specification
|Extended Project Qualification
120 Hours Guided Learning in total
50 Hours Teaching
70 Hours Assessment (e.g. individual work when teacher/tutor is supervising, mentoring and record-keeping)
5000 Word essay or chosen artefact
How is the EPQ graded?
- The EPQ is graded A*- E with an A* grade equating to 28 points.
- Guidance is given throughout with feedback on how to continually improve.
- A raw mark is offered for each learner with grade boundaries changing each year.
Examples of Previous EPQ titles
- Is cloning biological organisms ethical?
- Is your crypto currency safe?
- Will the development of AI and machine learning threaten or benefit society?
- Are psychopaths born or created?
- What are the different techniques photographers use to express their thoughts, emotions, and opinions?
- Should the UK adopt East Asian approaches to education?
- To what extent is the justice system in the USA flawed?
- Artefact: Writing my own children's book
- Artefact: Creating my own perfume.