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Extended Project Qualification. EPQ. Where will you be in. ?. 7 years. 3 years. 5 years. Where do you want to be?. University. Work. What is the EPQ?.

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Where will you be in

Where will you be in

?

7years

3years

5years


Extended project qualification

Where do you want to be?

University

Work


What is the epq
What is the EPQ?

  • This is and extensions piece of work to you’re A-Levels and the topic you chose to do your research project on reflects an interest outside of what you learn in your studies.

    Want to know more…..?


Epq what will it involve
EPQ: What will it involve?

You will:

1.CHOOSE A TOPIC TO STUDY

2. COMPLETE A PRODUCTION LOG TO DOCUMENT THE PROJECT PROCESS

3. PLAN, RESEARCH AND CARRY OUT YOUR PROJECT

4. BE GUIDED AND MONITORED BY YOUR SUPERVISOR

5. PREPARE A PRESENTATION ON THE OUTCOME (IN YEAR 13)


What will the epq consist of
What will the EPQ consist of?

  • A completed set of record sheets that form the Production Log.

  • Regular mentor meetings.

  • Your project:

  • A written report (1000*-5000 words)

  • A piece of art / DT (an artefact)

  • A recording or a performance

  • A presentation (10 mins compulsory)



Epq what s in it for me
EPQ: What’s in it for me?

University:

The EPQ carries a UCAS tariff

A*=70

A=60

B=50

C=40

  • This is the only qualification you can achieve, and be rewarded for, an A*!

  • Forms key part of your personal statement.

  • Makes good discussion at a university interview.

In the workplace:

Students achieving an EPQ qualification have an advantage over their peers when applying for employment and at interview.

Employers recognize EPQ as giving students the opportunity to develop essential skills.


But why
But why?

  • This new opportunity allows you to choose to explore a further aspect of a subject you’re studying, or another subject, or simply a topic that you have an interest in. This can be music technology, dance, art, photography, a time or period of history, something in the news, a special interest…you must then analyse the findings against your questions and be reflective.


Epq bringing you the skills to succeed
EPQ: Bringing you the skills to succeed

  • Extend your planning, research and presentation skills

  • Develop & improve your own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners

  • Apply decision-making, and where appropriate problem solving skills

  • Learn to apply these skills creatively, and so take the initiative. A chance to show enterprise.

  • Become more confident as e-learners, using technology to enhance your studies


Independent learning skills tutor time delivery
Independent learning skills ~Tutor time delivery ~

  • Develop and apply decision making

  • Show problem-solving

  • Show initiative and enterprise

  • Questioning and data interpretation

  • Planning, research, critical thinking,

  • Analytical views and evaluation.

  • Referencing

  • Presentation skills

  • Communication skills


What universities say
What universities say?

  • We value the skills of research and independent learning that the Extended Project is designed to develop. We welcome applications from students offering the Extended Project alongside A levels. As the Extended Project is optional it is not a requirement for application. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account. Your offer may be varied as a result, in recognition of the level of study skills you will have developed.

    University of Newcastle


Extended project qualification

Russell Group: Top 20

London School of EconomicsManchesterNewcastleNottinghamQueens BelfastOxfordSheffieldSouthamptonWarwick

BirminghamBristolCambridgeCardiffEdinburghGlasgowImperial College LondonKings College LondonLeedsLiverpool


Role of supervisors
Role of Supervisors

  • Guidance on topic choice and title.

  • Setting targets for next meeting

  • Checking of log

  • A record of mentoring discussion will be kept and forms part of the project.

  • Either face to face or via email

  • Marking


Where to look
Where to look?

  • AQA website – Level 3 Extended project

  • EPQ companion (5 copies in Library)

  • Student Shared Area:

    Student Shared Area\6th Form\EPQ

    In here you will find:

  • Independent Study Skills (Tutor time)

  • AQA marking and guidance documents


Dual accreditation
Dual Accreditation

What this means is you can not submit the same piece of work for your EPQ and one of your A-Level subjects.



Gantt chart1

Gantt chart?

A graphical representation of the duration of tasks against the progression of time.

Used for effective time management

Lays out the order in which the tasks need to be carried out.


Extended project qualification

How to make a Gantt Chart

The Gantt chart is constructed:

  • A horizontal axis representing the total time span of the project, broken down into increments (days, weeks, or months)

  • A vertical axis representing the tasks that make up the project.

  • Excel can be used to create electronic versions (not essential though)


What is the purpose of the gantt chart
What is the purpose of the Gantt Chart

  • Detail your project development

  • Communicate your outline

  • Annotate & account for changes you make

  • Demonstrate evidence of Problem solving and decision making



Assessment

Assessment

Process NOT Content


Project management in epq courtesy of the university of manchester

A04: Review

Project Management in EPQCourtesy of the University of Manchester

A01: Manage

EPQ journey

AO2: Use Resources

A03:Develop and Realise


Assessment objective ao1
Assessment Objective AO1

AO1 Manage

Identify, design, plan, and carry out a project, applying a range of skills, strategies and methods to achieve objectives.

Up to 10 marks

20%


Assessment objective ao3
Assessment Objective AO3

AO2 Use Resources

Research, critically select, organise and use information, and

select and use a range of resources. Analyse data apply relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any links, connections and complexities of the topic.

Up to 10 marks

20%


Assessment objective ao2
Assessment Objective AO2

AO3 Develop and Realise

Select and use a range of skills, including, where appropriate, new technologies and problem-solving, to take decisions critically and achieve planned outcomes.

Up to 20 marks

40%


Assessment objective ao4
Assessment Objective AO4

AO4 Review

Evaluate all aspects of the extended project, including outcomes in relation to stated objectives and own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced project outcomes and conclusions in an appropriate format.

Up to 10 marks

20%


Grade boundaries
Grade Boundaries

A*=45

A=40

B=35

C=30

D=25

E=20


So what next
So what next?...

  • Over February Half term:

  • Think about an area of study and 3 varied topics you are interested in

  • Think of a research titles to accompany your choice of topics – MAKE THEM SPECIFIC TITLES.

  • Complete a Gantt Chart to show the timeline of your project and the potential process you will follow.

  • Designate your preferred assessment method.

  • You will then be assigned a mentor based on your topic for an initial meeting after the ASPIRE trip.


Key dates
Key dates

  • MAKE CONTACT WITH SUPERVISOR: By 5th March

  • INITIAL MEETING WITH SUPERVISOR: By 12TH March

    (RTC will formally approve titles after review with supervisors by 14th March)

  • TITLE AGREED BY SUPERVISOR: Monday 19th March

  • INITIAL PLANNING REVIEW: W/B 26th March

  • MID-TERM REVIEW: W/B 2nd July

  • END OF PROJECT REVIEW: W/B 17TH September

  • FINAL DRAFT: Friday September 28th

  • PRESENTATIONS: W/B 1st October

  • MODERATION: W/B 8th October

  • SEND TO AQA: Friday 26th October


Group meetings
Group Meetings

Meetings will take place fortnightly as a

group to feedback on process and

development. This will be in the form of a 2

minute presentation to the group and you

can use your production log to guide you.

TIME: Lunchtime (1.20 – 2.10)

DAY: Wednesday week B

LOCATION: L5

START DATE: 28th March