What is the extended project and when can i do it?

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I have currently just finished year 11 and I have heard that people are doing an extended project but my next college hasn't really told me anything about it and what it actually is??

Posted Thu 27th June, 2013 @ 14:37 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR

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Extended project is a qualification you do where you basically choose a question that you want to research. YOu'll usually base it on work similar to that in one of your subjects, or related to what career you'd like to do in the future. So if you're interested in medicine you could do 'Is the treatment for...good or bad?' You'll research something that you have access too - so you can easily visit a hospital as a part of your research. 

There are a number of different routes, but my school only offers two routes, so that's the extent of my knowledge. We do either field investigation or dissertation. The field investigation is what I chose to do, where I take both secondary and primary data, and I analyse it and see if it answers the question or not. The dissertation is about different, and requires you to only use secondary data in order to answer your question. You will do loads of research on websites, books etc for secondary and if you do primary as well you'll do questionnaires and interviews. 

It's quite interesting, and unis love it. It shows that you can work independently, make decisions, research, analyse and solve problems. It also shows that you can write coherently, since you have to write a 3000-5000 word report, depending on which route you choose to go down. You also have to present your findings at the end of the year, which can seem daunting, but in uni you'll have to do it so getting used to it now is better. The skills from your presentation shows unis that you have confidence as well as the ability to portray ideas clearly to an audience. 

So the skills you learn from the qualification are really good. It can be dull at times, but it gives you a real edge when applying for unis, particularly if you do it in a related field to what you want to study, cause it will give you loads to talk about in your personal statement. 

All the best :)

Answered Thu 27th June, 2013 @ 16:30 by Tilly - Team GR
Edited by Tilly - Team GR on Thu 27th June, 2013 @ 16:33
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You present it to your class and usually two teachers - well that's how it's done at my school. I think it's a minimum of 10 people, including the teachers who observe it.

You get marked for it based on the way you talk (clearly, fluently, confidently etc), the way you behave (body language, asking the audience questions), your presentation itself, the information, your knowledge of the subject and a whole bunch of other things.

Glad I could help ;)

Answered Tue 2nd July, 2013 @ 16:39 by Tilly - Team GR
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We present ours differently, we hold an open evening for our presentations and invite family and friends to come watch. That is as well as teachers and about half of those doing the EPQ (the other half do their presentations on a different day).

The other routes Tilly is talking about, consist of creating an 'artefact' or 'event'. So this could be a piece of art work, a website, anything really. Examples from round here; One person wanted to go into architecture and designed a building for her EPQ. Her actual 'artefact' was a series of models, showcasing the building, and the notes/diagrams to go with it - explaining the technical side. Or for an event, there was a 'chicken race' day and 'bake-offs'.

If you choose to do an event or artefact, I believe the written report is only 1,000 words long? So this is a better route, if you aren't into writing lengthy reports.

Answered Fri 16th August, 2013 @ 13:56 by Bexie
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Thankyou Tilly, I will have to think about doing it as it seems really useful :)

Who do you present it to at the end of the year?

THanks for your help

Answered Tue 2nd July, 2013 @ 16:36 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR
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Thankyou :)

Answered Wed 3rd July, 2013 @ 13:24 by :) PurpleJaguar (: - Team GR