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Extended Project Qualification

EPQ Toolkit for AQA - A Guide for Students

Author(s): Cara Flanagan, Dr Jane McGee

awarding body: AQA

level: Level 3

isbn: 978-1-908682-38-3

subject: Extended Project Qualification


"This fills a previous gap in published support for this qualification.  It helps teachers to solve the problem of supporting students to achieve high grades and development of key skills, whilst encouraging them to be independent as the qualification requires.  With universities now offering lower offers for those predicted a high grade in EPQ, schools are likely to really value this this publication."

The EPQ Toolkit for AQA is a resource for Centre Coordinator, Supervisor and student

This highly practical guide provides support, advice and guidance for students carrying out their independent extended project work.

Provides the resources and ideas you need to deliver the taught element of the Level 3 AQA EPQ and oversee, guide and facilitate your students from start to finish

Motivates your students with a colourful, approachable 'magazine' style guide

Supports the whole process of helping students choose, plan, develop and execute the final project

Offers a framework for developing the skills students need to succeed, including research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills

Suggests a wide range of activities to help you with the taught element, with answers provided at the end of the book

All of the AQA assessment objectives are covered chapter by chapter.

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How will your students benefit from using the EPQ toolkit?

Provides a constant and reassuring reference point while your students work independently

Designed to engage and motivate them for their whole EPQ journey - from choosing their project through to the final presentation

Numerous exemplars of student projects help illustrate good and bad practice and help enable students to improve their final mark

An EPQ Moderator provides invaluable hints, tips and guidance throughout the guide giving your students extra confidence as they prepare their production log, final product and presentation


Chapter 1 - Starting Out
Chapter 2 - Manage the Project
Chapter 3 - Use Resources
Chapter 4 - Develop and Realise
Chapter 5 - Review

Appendix: Examplar Projects
I Examplar EPQ - An Artifact
II Examplar EPQ - Secondary Data
III Examplar EPQ - Primary Data

Suggested Answers to Activities


About the authors:

Cara Flanagan is one of the best known and most respected authors for A Level Psychology.  An experienced teacher, senior examiner and conference presenter she is renowned for creating resources that students love to use.

Dr Jane McGee is a Moderator for the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification.  Jane is a Subject Leader at Old Swinford Hospital School, Stourbridge, as well as being an experienced senior examiner and author.