As part of their Sixth Form studies, students are invited to consider the possibility of undertaking an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
This relatively new qualification is valued highly by universities because it shows that students have cultivated, and can demonstrate, many of the skills required in undergraduate study, including the ability to work independently, to undertake research and to manage and complete a sustained piece of work. The EPQ offers students an exciting opportunity to explore a topic or area of personal interest in depth, to deepen an existing interest, or to discover a new area of interest entirely. The emphasis in the Project is on analysis, but the Project itself may take several different forms: some students might choose to write a research based report, others to design an artefact. The only requirement is that the topic chosen should look beyond the student’s A Level syllabuses. Many students will decide to undertake a project at the beginning of Year 12, with the intention of submitting their work in the May of that academic year. The EPQ is graded on an A* – E scale.
Any student interested in undertaking a project will be asked to identify a broad area of interest. They will then be assigned a member of the academic staff who will act as the student’s Supervisor, and with whom they will work for the duration of the project. In order to help them plan, research, develop and realise their idea, students will also receive two timetabled lessons per week. Here they will learn a range of study skills designed to help them complete the project successfully.
The Extended Project Qualification offers an exciting and liberating opportunity for any Sixth Form student who wishes to work on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project and to broaden their intellectual horizons.
Further details of the AQA Level 3 EPQ used at the College can be found at here.