The subject and content of the piece is highly flexible. Students who take this can extend upon a current program of study, research a hobby, or link it to their chosen university course.
Students will have a weekly timetabled session with their supervisor. This will consist of some teaching of key skills such as referencing, researching, writing and an extended report. There will also be time for one to one advise sessions on the students own project.
Students who take the extended project will sharpen their skills in research, planning, presentation and communication. These skills will better prepare them for the demands of university or employment. Completion of the project will appeal to university admissions tutors, making applications stand out of the crowd. Grades for Extended Projects are worth UCAS points equalling:
- A* – 28 Points
- A – 24 Points
- B – 20 Points
- C – 16 Points
- D – 12 Points
- E – 8 Points
More and more universities are starting to give reduced offers if an EPQ is included.