Supporting the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in physics
These resources are designed to help support the delivery of Level 3 Extended Projects in physics in schools and colleges, whether through investigation or research-based.
A Level 3 EPQ is equivalent to half an A-level and is currently graded A* to E, with up to 70 points on the UCAS tariff. The free-standing qualification is offered by the four awarding organisations in England and Wales.
Extended projects provide students with an opportunity to carry out a study in depth, based on personal interest or an aspect of a subject they are studying. It takes the form of either a dissertation, or a number of other forms, which could include an investigation or field study, or an artefact, backed up with paperwork.
The Institute would like to support teachers with students who might like to do an extended project in the area of physics. The web pages linked to below offer both details of the specifications and advice on how to run EPQs successfully in your establishment.
Case Studies of real projects
The case studies linked to below all describe real projects carried out by real students in Years 12/13. However, Henry, Lily, Marisa and Usain are not their real names, and some other details have been changed. We gratefully acknowledge their work and the helpful comments of an EPQ Chief Examiner and an EPQ Principal Moderator as we prepared these materials.
Organisational Case Studies
Additional Resources – including data-sets
- Learning with ATLAS@CERN
- Discover the Cosmos
- The MET Office has data-sets available here
- National Schools’ Observatory
- Faulkes Telescope Project
- British Geological Survey
- University of Birmingham has been training teachers/piloting with students use of:
- Cosmic ray telescopes to collect and analyse cosmic ray data (available for schools to borrow)
- Cloud chambers to collect and analyse data (suitable chambers available for schools to borrow, as seen on BBC)
- Minerva software tool to investigate particle tracks (free resources and software download/data sets etc. on web)