The Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) supports learners with the transition to higher education or into the world of work.
The qualification gives students the opportunity to develop critical, reflective, problem-solving and independent learning skills through the planning, research and evaluation of a self-selected project.
Throughout their in-depth study, learners will develop and apply skills creatively, resulting in one of four project outcomes:
- A dissertation
- An investigation
- A performance
- An artefact
The EPQ is equivalent to an AS level qualification and carries UCAS points. Students are required to select an area of research which is of interest to them and is linked to their studies. It is looked upon favourably by admissions tutors in university and is a compulsory element of the Post 16 programme of study for any student in the college who wishes to continue their studies in the area of medicine, dentistry or vetinary science.
The EPQ is fully supported and recognised by Russell Group Universities:
“Applicants presenting the Extended Project are encouraged to discuss their research in their personal statement and reflect on how undertaking the project will help prepare them for studying their chosen degree at Warwick. Where a department typically makes offers which include a fourth subject at AS level the Extended Project will normally be considered in lieu of this requirement.” (University of Warwick)
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