Course Outline

The course is a full commitment and pupils are allocated 5 lessons a fortnight.

From September to October half-term pupils are put in mixed sets of girls and boys, Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth, arts and science interests and undergo a taught course covering the skills required. Starting in September 2013 we now have a dedicated Extended Project Centre with a Harkness table for all project guidance and skills teaching.

Only after submitting a formal proposal of their narrow controversial research question are they allowed to proceed and are allocated an individual Tutor-Assessor who, from November until the end of February, will see them in weekly Tutorials to facilitate their research.

Pupils keep a Diary/Activity log from the start which records their thoughts and decisions and acts as a basis for self-evaluation at the end. From Lent half-Term, taught course sets reassemble for the preparation of the oral presentation. The oral exams then take place in the last weeks of March and the final project is submitted before the Easter holiday; this way it is completed and does not interfere with any revision or exam preparation.

The qualification is backed up by a Student Guide. The EP must be taken in addition to 4 AS levels or 3 A2 courses. It is a considerable amount of work (the word expectation is 6000 words) and both motivation and self-discipline are required, though these tend to emerge from the choice of topic.

Projects have ranged from dress-making to musical compositions, film-making to play writing, philosophical essays to scientific investigations. University admissions tutors are very keen on the skills element of the qualification and already a few offers, and certainly interview outcomes, have been influenced by an EP being submitted.