This gives students the opportunity to write an extended dissertation and deliver a presentation on a subject that is of particular interest to them. Students will be able to demonstrate that they can stretch and challenge themselves beyond the confines of the A Level syllabus and produce original research. It is also a good way of earning extra UCAS points which will enhance their university application.
Cross-curricular activities and cooperation is warmly encouraged and various members of staff have contributed to the 30 hours of teaching required.
Who should do an Extended Project?
Those wishing to apply to Oxbridge. The EPQ presentation itself would be an excellent preparation for the interview
Those who wish to enhance their application to other top universities
Those who wish to improve their academic writing skills and learn how to conduct original research
This is what three top universities have had to say about the EPQ:
“Oxford recognises that the EP will provide an applicant with the opportunity to develop research and academic skills relevant for study at Oxford. Candidates are encouraged to draw upon their experience of undertaking the project when writing their personal statement, particularly if the topic is allied to their chosen degree course.”
“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.”
“UCL welcomes the introduction of the Extended Project into the curriculum, recognising that it will develop many of the skills necessary for successful study at university. For students presenting A levels, UCL will be accepting a pass in the Extended Project as an alternative to the need to offer a pass in a fourth subject at AS level.”