Student Extended Project
The Extended Project is a very challenging and worthwhile addition to what Dulwich offers in our very broad and balanced curriculum. It involves a minimum of a 5000 word student-led, research based academic essay based on the students’ personal and individual interests. It is very similar to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) awarded by AQA in the UK, CAIE has completed their own Pilot version of the EPQ called the CRQ (Cambridge Research Qualification) which our students participated in. For assessment from June 2020, this will now be known by CAIE as the IPQ (International Project Qualification). Students who complete this are more ready for university studies at the best colleges in the world and learn a range of skills such as critical thinking, researching skills, higher order evaluative and reflective skills as well as improved academic writing. They also develop their soft skills such as collaboration, self and time management as well as improving their ability to plan. Our students rise up to the challenge and often write very engaging essays, which achieve the strongest awards.
Here are some of our students' testimonial and their EP project reports:
"The extended project stretches my personal and academic ability while allowing me to explore my academic interest outside the class. Hence, I feel well prepared for university."
-- Irene Fang
"I joined CRQ project initially to strengthen and demonstrate my research and writing skills. Interestingly, during the process of producing my paper, I learned bunch of ways to gather reliable information——I discussed with my subject teachers to acquire perspectives towards Paris Agreement and various views towards World Economy. Eventually, I gained a lot more than just research ability. The intimate relationship between my economic teacher and me, the passion towards investigating recent established policies, and the determination to pursue my economic study are the most valuable things gained."
-- Scarlett Gu
"CRQ helped me be more engaged and exposed to the community. I also learnt how to generate my words when looking at different perspectives of things. Critical thinking skills can be used not only in researches but also in all parts of life."