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Sixth Form

Extended Project Qualification

Completed in Year 12, studying an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an opportunity for you to gain UCAS points (worth half an A Level) by investigating an area of interest to you. It is recognised by leading universities and many of our students often receive reduced offers for A Level requirements if an A and A* grade is achieved in the EPQ.

Many students choose to study an area that will contribute to their university course or a future career. You will research a subject of your choice before producing a dissertation, investigation, performance or artefact.

In recent years, student EPQ projects have ranged from designing and building a hybrid paddle/surf board to conducting a meta-research analysis on the diet of the Maasai tribe (the latter was highly commended by The Peter Watson International Scholarship). Other projects have focused on such things as laws on capital punishment in the US and Iran, George Orwell’s political views, as well as the design and materials used in eco-house building. The options for topics are limitless.

Although the nature of the project is individually-driven, students receive one-to-one guidance to support the requirements of their title.

Assessment (AQA)

No exams, research-based project.

Future directions

This is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop students’ skills in independent research and project management skills. This qualification is highly regarded by universities.

For further information or to discuss in more details, please contact:

Ms Suzanne Winsor
Joint Director of Sixth Form