The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) offers pupils a chance to expand their skills beyond the A level curriculum, distinguishing themselves from their peers and preparing for university or future careers. The qualification carries a similar weight to an AS qualification in the new UCAS tariff; it is assessed at A level standard and graded A*- E. In order to gain the qualification pupils have to plan and carry out research on a topic of their choice, which isn't covered by their other qualifications. They can take inspiration from something touched on in class or something personal and unrelated to their studies. The skills required to successfully complete the project align closely with those essential to work done at university or any other form of higher education. In certain cases, universities may extend alternative offers to applicants based on their EPQ grades, recognizing the merit and relevance of this qualification.
This week, a number of our Upper Sixth students showcased their EPQs, with presentations on a range of topics including Coronary Heart Disease, Conspiracy Theories, and Charities in Malawi. It was hugely interesting to listen to them talk with passion about their chosen areas and clear to see that they had each put in a huge amount of work preparing their presentations.