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Extended Project Qualification

Exam Board: AQA

What do I need before starting this course?

All Year 12 students will undertake an EPQ. As you will be given every guidance permitted by the board throughout the course the main requirement is an interest in a particular topic area which you would like to pursue further. Examples of topics which Monktonians have used in the past cover a wide range including English Literature, Religion, Biology, Sport, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Geography, Gender and many more. Specific topics include: Hunting and Sustainable Consumptive use of Wildlife; Explanations for Warfare; Dr. Faustus; Arab/Israeli conflict, War on Cancer; Animal Rights; Criminality, Economic and Political aspects of the Olympic Games.

What will I learn?

Each student, supported by a tutor, chooses their own topic and title (which can be related to chosen A levels or completely separate), designs a detailed plan of how they will develop and realise their objectives and keep a reflective log on their own progress. They will then research, develop and write a dissertation, usually between 5000 and 8000 words, or develop some kind of artefact (for example designing an app or under taking a performance piece or designing an item of clothing) together with a 2000 word report. Finally every EPQ student will give a presentation on their project.   
During this course you will be given guidance and practical experience of independent research, selecting and assessing resources for a purpose, citing references, planning and monitoring your own progress, adapting the course of the project as necessary and how to write up and present your work.

How is this course structured and assessed?

The course is entirely coursework based (there is no exam). It is assessed using four criteria: project management; using resources effectively; project development/realisation; and an evaluation of the success of the project. EPQ is timetabled along with other subjects. Introductory sessions for each element of the course will take place with tutors organising individual sessions with students to monitor progress and advise on plans. There is also a final short presentation to be given on the process of the project, this forms part of the assessment. To ensure that progress is maintained there will be published deadlines throughout the course. Work is internally assessed and moderated by EPQ tutors and externally moderated by the examination board.

What degree courses and careers will this course be useful for?

Universities have been hugely positive about the EPQ course, with some an increasing number of students each year being given lower grade offers by their university options if they have completed an EPQ. Given the open nature of the project, it will enhance any UCAS application or CV.

Next Steps…

To arrange a visit, or for any other enquiries regarding admissions at the Senior School, please contact our Head of Admissions, Mrs Carole Heritage on 01225 721 133

To arrange a visit, or any other enquiries at the Pre-Prep and Prep please contact our Deputy Heads of Admissions Nicky Davis or Katie Hiscott on 01225 831 238.

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