Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The EPQ programme has been growing and running successfully at Dubai College since its inception a few years ago. All four project types are offered to students in Year 12 purely on a voluntary basis. These comprise: Dissertation, Investigation, Artefact and Performance. Students apply to gain entry into the programme in Term 2 of Year 12 and embark upon a weekly course covering: Philosophy, Ethics, Critical Thinking Skills and Research Skills. This runs to the end of Term 3. During Term 3 the students are assigned a teacher-mentor who will act as a support and guide, rather like a tutor at university. Questions, topics and designs will be decided upon by the end of the term in order for students to maximise their research time over the summer holiday.
Moving into Term 1 of Year 13, the students participate in a weekly writing course. This breaks down the project and covers every aspect of how to write it. By mid-November students will have produced a full draft and deliver a short presentation which forms part of the overall assessment. Final submission of the project is in December.
This is a course which is assessed from the outset. The process of researching, keeping an academic journal in the form of a log, being organised and meeting deadlines are all covered in the assessment criteria. It is the same standard as an A Level, is graded in the same way and carries UMS marks. Unlike A Levels, there are no reports or target grades. Students are not chased and are expected to be highly motivated and highly organised, especially since the independent side is assessed.
The EPQ provides valuable experience and preparation for university, along with honing and developing transferable skills. It allows students to study subjects they might not otherwise have had access to and in an area which they are passionate about. Feedback from our alumni has been overwhelmingly positive. Students have felt that the EPQ gave them a head start and made the transition into university life a lot easier.