In addition to their main studies, all second year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma students will study The EDEXCEL Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) . (Students on Diploma qualifications may make a request to enrol upon the course)
What is the EPQ?
The Extended Project Qualification gives you an opportunity to carry out an extended research project on a personally chosen topic.
Equivalent to a further half A level, it is graded A* to E
The EPQ attracts up to 70 UCAS points.
Project outcomes may take the form of
A written dissertation
A scientific investigation/ field study
Why should I do an EPQ?
The EPQ gives you a unique opportunity to explore a topic of your own choosing
The EPQ aids the development of many key skills such as independent learning, research and critical thinking which are valued by both employers and universities.
Many universities encourage students to carry out Extended Projects because they are excellent preparation for study in higher education.
The project process is supported by teaching which addresses the skills you will need for your project, and gives you a chance to develop your own ideas.
What will I have to do?
For your project, you will be expected to:
Plan your objectives
Carry out research
Develop your own ideas
Review the project process
You will be expected to work on the project for a period of about 100 hours.
You will also be expected to give a short presentation of your project
Student Views of the Extended Project
“Doing the Extended Project gave me the necessary skills for researching topics and producing extended essays and dissertations…. I am really pleased that I had the opportunity to practise these skills before I came to university.”
“A refreshing break from the narrow confines of the BTEC syllabus!”
University Views of the Extended Project
Cambridge: “We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education.”
University of Liverpool: ‘We encourage candidates to draw upon their experience of undertaking the project when writing their UCAS personal statement.’