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What do I need to have studied/have knowledge of?

There is no prior leaning required for this course, but you must have achieved a grade 6 in English.

What will I learn on this course?

The content of this course is whatever you choose!  The Extended Project Qualification is a great opportunity for you to specialise.  Many people choose a topic which they can then talk about at university interviews with confidence.

The taught skills aspect is just that – developing your writing and methodology so your EPQ is as good as it can be. Also all very transferable skills to set you up for university and the world of work, or just for planning other projects at C6.

Previous C6 projects include: Previous projects at C6: Genetic engineering: The key to abolishing crime? Has scientific evidence on the origins of life eliminated the need for religious beliefs on the origins of life? What is MRSA and why is it such a danger to health in the modern world?

What key skills will I develop?

The main opportunity you will get from the EPQ is working independently on a large project, there are many skills which are developed with this, and it is a great chance to learn about yourself and what motivates you.

The taught skills include:

  • Research
  • Note taking
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Question framing
  • Analytical writing

How will I be assessed?

Create an artefact e.g. A book, object, computer programme etc. which must be accompanied by a written report of 1500 – 2000 words

Or

Write a 5000 word dissertation analysing a topic of your choice.

In addition to this you fill out a production log as you go, this is like a diary of your planning and management of the project, with chances to reflect on how you are getting on and your next steps.

You must do a presentation of your project at the end which is also marked.

This is an AS qualification, but you can get an A*.

What could this course lead to?

EPQ is seen as addition to university applications, some even lower their offer if you have an EPQ to demonstrate your specialism and work ethic.

Additional events, trips or enrichment activities

Each project is different, but we have seen some students organise very exciting opportunities for themselves including trips to the London museums and meetings with university professors.

Are there any additional costs for this course?

No, but if you are creating an artefact you would need to buy your own materials.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Mrs O’Brien – cobrien@commonweal.co.uk