Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
Fulford School Sixth Form offers students the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification. An EPQ is a research-based project undertaken on any topic of the student’s choosing: it can be further extension of a subject being studied at A level, a subject area the student wishes to study at university but which is not part of their school curriculum (e.g. Medicine) or simply an area of personal interest unrelated to their other studies. The EPQ is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to manage their own learning.
The Project itself can take several forms. In most cases the student will produce an extended essay of approximately 5,000 words. However, it also possible for the Project to take the form of an artefact or object created by the student after extensive research.
As part of the project, the student must complete a Production Log. This documents the planning and progress of the project, including decision-making and the learner’s reflections on the process. They then take part in an EPQ Marketplace style presentation, explaining their projects and answering questions on it from staff, students and members of the public. The presentation day is a real highlight in the course and allows the students to exhibit the products of their hard work over the previous months.
Projects are undertaken with the assistance of a Supervisor who guides the student at every level, although they are not allowed to contribute directly to its content.
Because an EPQ requires the student to identify and design their own project, adopt a strategic approach to its management and work independently, it is an ideal vehicle for curriculum enrichment and academic extension and is warmly welcomed by universities because it provides evidence of a student’s capacity for independent learning and the development of the very skills they will need to succeed at university. The EPQ also carries UCAS points. 70 UCAS points are awarded to an A*, 60 to an A, 50 to a B, 40 to a C, 30 to a D and 20 to an E.
A glance at the range of completed EPQs by Fulford Sixth Form students shows what a huge range of topics are possible from scientific investigations into the nature of the universe to explorations of popular music culture. Our current EPQ students presented their projects on Wednesday 21st January and the visitors to the Sixth Form Common Room were very impressed with their work.