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South West Secondary
School of the Year 2019

30 Shiphay Lane, Torquay TQ2 7DY
T: 01803 653756
Sixth Form Absence Line: 01803 653 761

South West Secondary School of the Year 2019

The Level 3 Extended Project

All students in Year 12 are encouraged to take the Level 3 Extended Project. 

This is essentially an opportunity for individual students to choose a topic from any area of interest and then to work with a designated supervisor to produce either a 5000 word style dissertation, or an artefact (painting, model etc.). Pursuing this qualification allows the student to take real ownership of their project, choosing both the area researched and the mode in which this research is conveyed. It is high-level work carried out independently; there is no checking of rough drafts but there is consultative guidance. Some students choose to study an area related to their chosen H.E. course, whilst others pursue an interest that they are passionate about. 

Topics chosen this year include: the politics of Eurovision, the reasons for the demise of Polari, researching how music therapy techniques used with autistic children could help all children and the publication of a vegan cookbook.

The students are supported through the process through:

  • A series of taught skills lectures and seminars;
  • Watching presentations by Year 13 students on their chosen topics; 
  • One-to-one mentoring with staff supervisors who provide guidance and support throughout the process;
  • Designated time in the curriculum to undertake independent research. 

This exciting opportunity allows bright students the opportunity to research a topic of interest to them, and not only is this highly motivating for the girls – as we have seen with our present Year 13 – but is looked on very favourably by universities as evidence of independent learning beyond that normally offered by potential applicants. Some universities are prepared to be flexible with A Level offers if students perform highly in their EPQ.

In U.C.A.S. points terms, it is the worth more than half an A Level. The project can be one of the following:- 

  • a dissertation style essay; 
  • a research project; 
  • the making of an artefact; 
  • putting on a performance. 


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