“He who every morning plans the transactions of that day and follows that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.”
It is exactly these important skills for life that the Extended Project Qualification aims to develop and hone and is why the qualification has been welcomed and encouraged by top universities such as Cambridge, because it ‘helps ease the transition from school / college to higher education’.
All students choosing the A Level route will undertake the Skills for Academic Learning course in the Autumn Term of SFC1, a series of lessons covering vital skills such as critical thinking, time management, presentations, academic honesty and researching. At the end of this course they will be given the opportunity to take an EPQ.
Under the guidance of a supervisor, students identify, design and deliver an individual project in the shape of either a formal, structured piece of writing of 5,000 words, or the creation of an ‘artefact’ combined with a 1,000 word report. The opportunities for an ‘artefact’ based project are endless and could include creating a website, making a model, producing a film, composing a piece of music or designing a scientific experiment.
An important part of this qualification is the production of a presentation following the completion of the project itself, where students reflect on the process they have been through and the skills they have acquired.
The qualification can be a valuable opportunity for self-motivated students to illustrate their passion for a particular subject area and prepare them for the rigours of academic study at a high level.
The AQA specification is followed.
EPQ Coordinator: Mrs Christine Williams BA
Mr Allan Hodge BSc MA MPhil
Mr Jonathan Marchant BA MA
Mrs Anne Martin BSc MA CBiol MSB NPQH
Mrs Marieli Mooney BA MA
Dr Carla Quirighetti BA
Mrs Jess Roberts MA PGDip
Dr Amy Smith BSc
Head of Library Services: Mr Piers Todd DipInfStud