Extended Project

Level 3
PEARSON

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • Around half our candidates achieve A* and A.
  • Universities may make you a lower grades offer when you apply through UCAS.
  • You will develop independent learning skills.
  • Chance to choose your own topic and title for your Extended Project.
  • You can link it to your future career.
  • It is a one-year course.
  • 100% Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) / Coursework.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

What makes a good research title? How to carry out academic, detailed, and balanced research. How to structure a convincing academic argument. Who to believe? Why? And much more, such as academic referencing.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Dissertation of 6,000 < words

or

Investigation/Experiment/Field Study, Performance or Artefact plus 2,000 < words

 

PROGRESSION

The EPQ can unlock many university degree courses and lead to universities making lower grade offers. For students thinking of an apprenticeship or employment, the format of a typical Project mirrors the type of Report and Presentations that are often part of their training.

 

READING and RESEARCHING

Start to assemble an electronic file or portfolio of articles on a topic or topics of your choice. Cut and paste the web addresses or URLs into a file or Google document that you can refer back to in the future. Note the date/s you read or accessed the articles. Read online versions of a range of newspapers, informative magazines such as Newsweek, Time, the Economist, New Scientist etc., depending on your areas of interest. Start watching documentaries such as BBC’s Horizon series. Listen to podcasts from BBC Sounds such as BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, Law in Action or Inside Science, again depending on your chosen topic. Get reading, get listening, get watching; but above all, get thinking! What will your title be?