Extended Project Qualification
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a skills based, independent research project with a long history at Farnborough. The project is unique in that you decide what it is about and the focus is on developing valuable skills rather than learning and examining content. Students enroll on the course towards the end of the summer term once their exams are over, work independently throughout summer and submit their work in December.
By choosing to complete an Extended Project, you are embarking on a challenging and rewarding journey which will enable you to become the College expert in your chosen field and equip you with a range of skills valued both in further education and in the workplace.
Do you have a particular interest in some field of study which goes beyond the confines of your A levels? Do you want to develop time management, research and independent study skills to give you the edge when you leave college? Then the EPQ may well be for you.
The EPQ is a Level 3 independent research project which earns you UCAS points. An A in the EPQ will gain you 24 UCAS points, the same as an A grade at AS. It is also possible to gain an A* in the EPQ, which is worth 28 UCAS points.
The EPQ allows you to pursue a passion or interest and be awarded a qualification for it. The EPQ will gain you UCAS points and in many top universities (ask before you apply) may lower your entry requirements. The EPQ will add another string to your bow, demonstrate passion in your chosen field, and give you something to discuss in your interviews for university. The course equips you with a wide range of skills that will give you a head start at university and in the workplace.
The project is assessed entirely through coursework, in the form of a submitted ‘product’ and evidence of research and planning. Candidates are assessed not only by the quality of their product but more significantly by their planning, time management, research and presentation skills.
A completed project consists of either a 5,000 word dissertation or an ‘artefact’ (which can be pretty much anything) and a 2,000 word report. Either product must also be accompanied by a record of your planning, research and decision making as well as a record of your presentation.
Lessons vary in their content. At the beginning of the course, students are taught all of the skills they need to successfully complete their project. As the course progresses, students have a series of one on one meetings with their supervisor and will work independently during lessons.
Really, absolutely anything. The only requirement is that it takes you beyond the content of your current programme of study. You may choose a title which bridges across your A levels, you could decide to pursue an interest which you haven’t been able to continue at A level or you may decide to research a topic relevant to your intended career or degree course. Past titles include: