So you’re considering your EPQ, or perhaps you’re undecided on whether to undertake one; an EPQ requires conscientious planning, preparation and independent thought and study, all of which perhaps can feel a little daunting. But persevere, and you’ll be on track to develop first-class research skills, the ability to coherently collect and synthesise information from various sources, and better prepare yourself for learning at university level.
It counts for up to the equivalent of half an A-Level (28 UCAS points), so is particularly useful to students looking to increase their score ahead of university applications. If you’re less concerned about UCAS points, don’t be discouraged; it equally serves as a demonstration of an inspired, diligent student looking to take their own learning further and is a fantastic reference during interview of your work outside the classroom.
What can I do for my EPQ?
With an EPQ, you’re responsible for your project, so it’s important to select a theme or focus that genuinely interests you. You’ll carry out the work over a dedicated period of time and you’ll want to make sure that you’re curious enough about the topic to carry it through to its end.
- Extended essay or dissertation: A detailed study of the advantages and disadvantages of a particular medical treatment or solution to an ethical/political issue.
- Investigation: Test a hypothesis using statistical analysis to investigate the correlation between particular causes and effects.
- Production: A music event, charity fundraiser or sports skills training programme.
- An artefact: The creation of a particular object, short film or presentation.
My EPQ at Chyulu Wilderness Camp
CWC offers access to an unparalleled source of inspiration for your EPQ project; it’s totally different and outside of your mainstream in-class subject choices, immersing young people into the heart of the Chyulu Hills and Maasai culture.
The camp programme has been designed to develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, values and actions required to create a sustainable world across its four main topic areas – conservation, community, expedition and mindfulness. This provides a spectrum of activity for each student to investigate, allowing you to align your research with your own interests and be inspired by your surroundings and the cultural exchange with local communities. Working hand-in-hand with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust means you’ll also have access to the expertise of team members who have been working in the field for many years, ready to guide you on related research subjects and help you reach the answers or solutions to your study.
Plus, we can’t think of a better place to study than in nature’s own classroom! Set in the middle of the Chyulu Hills, you’ll have the space to reflect, consider and dedicate yourself to your project, encountering first-hand the subject of your study.
What makes a great EPQ, as told by project supervisors and students?
“The EPQ has been very much led by the learners, they’ve shown increased maturity, as well as key skills development – they’ve learnt to argue a case and have come out with a wider understanding of social issues.” – Project Supervisor
“The project has helped develop students’ skills for University – they can now by-pass HND level and move straight on to BA courses – and skills of relevance to employment.” – Project Supervisor
Following his research and a visit to Kenya, this student produced a 10,000-word dissertation looking at the impacts of the Maasai Mara National Park on the tribe:
“My Extended Project effectively introduced me to anthropology – which became my chosen discipline at university – and to the idea of ‘cultural relativism’. I found that before the project I had neglected the hugely significant psychological impacts of colonisation, focusing instead on the more tangible social and economic.” – EPQ student, Harvard Kennedy School MPP, Kennedy Scholar 2018