Students at Denefield School Sixth Form are offered the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) during their programme of study in Year 12 and/or Year 13, typically as an enrichment option alongside their programme of three other A Level subjects.
Undertaking an EPQ allows students to learn a wide range of skills including data analysis and interpretation, researching effectively and writing a structured formal report. During the project students also develop time management, organisation and communication skills; skills and attributes that are increasingly important when applying for and achieving success at university or in the world of work. Some universities now reduce their offer to students who have completed the EPQ for example, Bristol and Southampton are both universities that allow students to have achieved a grade below in one A Level if an EPQ has been completed.
Students can choose to complete an EPQ in three ways:
• a 5000 word report
• production of an artefact together with a 1000 word report
• a group project where each group member is responsible for explicitly recording their part in the project.
An EPQ can be developed on any subject of interest to the students themselves and quite often involves students undertaking a topic which reflects their career aspirations. The EPQ is graded A*- E with and A* now equivalent to a C Grade at A Level.
Generally students start an EPQ in Year 12 and work towards submitting at the end of AS or A2 depending on their own time management, ease of effective researching and final project management.
Any parents/carers and students interested in finding out more about the EPQ should contact:
Mrs K Davis firstname.lastname@example.org or
Mrs K Kelly email@example.com.