What is the Extended Project Qualification?
The Extended Project will develop and extend from one or more of the student’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 chosen by the student and agreed as appropriate by the student’s supervisor.
There will be an element of teaching involved, specifically the necessary research, analysis, project management and presentation skills. The majority of the Extended Project will involve autonomous work (by the student, with supervision and assessment of progress by the student’s supervisor. It will require in total 120 guided learning hours.
What are the aims of the EPQ?
The EPQ offers students the opportunity to be:
- Independent enquirers: Make a significant contribution to the choice and design of an extended project and take responsibility for an individual task.
- Creative thinkers: Assimilate new experiences into previous learning and try out alternative solutions.
- Reflective learners: 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; invite feedback from others and deal with praise and constructive criticism in a positive manner.
- Self-managers: Extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills; manage their own work, organise their time and resources, respond appropriately to change and seek advice and support when needed; use their learning experiences to support their aspirations for higher education and/or career development.
- Effective participators: Where appropriate, develop confidence in applying new technologies in their studies; develop and apply skills creatively, demonstrating initiative and enterprise.
What is involved?
Students are required, with appropriate supervision, to:
- Choose an area of interest
- Draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the Supervisor
- Plan, research and carry out the project
- Deliver a presentation to a specified audience
- Provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.
The evidence for assessment will comprise the following:
- The project product in the form of a research report, production or artefact;
- A written report (between 1,000 and 5,000 words) covering references to sources of and range of information accessed; historical literature or other background research; details of the design, knowledge, understanding and skills used; a conclusion and evaluation of the outcomes.
- Any other evidence, as appropriate, depending on the topic or subject area chosen. Examples include: posters, PowerPoint presentations, a CD/video/DVD of performances or activities, a journal of events, photographic record.
- Presentation of the completed project;
- A completed production log.