The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
In addition to their A-level study students are offered the opportunity to
study for an extra qualification as part of their enrichment. This optional
qualification is equivalent to half an ‘A’ level in terms of UCAS points. It’s
also a really excellent way to showcase your organisational abilities, research
abilities, critical thinking, extended writing and presentation skills and is
hugely valuable preparation for degree-level study. Universities requested this
type of course to help prepare them for university style assignments and they
fully support this qualification.
The Extended Project element is an opportunity to take your learning off
at a tangent. You can choose to demonstrate greater depth in an existing area
of study or take the opportunity to investigate something completely fresh or
different – many students opt to complete a project that is related to their
career or degree aspirations to demonstrate enthusiasm and enrich their
CV/personal statements. The topic allows for such diverse topics and we
have seen projects ranging from marine pollution, writing a school play and
the study of oriental instruments. The course comprises of either a
5000 word research essay or a 1000 word essay with a substantial product (such
as art work, modelling, etc.), an on-going production log, and a presentation.
The EPQ qualification and its ethos is excellent, dovetailing perfectly
into our many activities that encourage in-depth investigation and independent
study amongst Sixth Form students. It is useful in demonstrating enthusiasm,
commitment and breadth of study to future employers or universities.
"The EPQ ethos is excellent preparation for study beyond the Sixth Form."
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