EPQs: an extra dimension to Sixth Form Study

Ever wondered whether serial killers are born or made? Or what the effect of social media was on last year’s EU Referendum? Or perhaps to what extent processing power depends on the advancement made in semi-conductor technology? These were just some of the diverse questions posed by Year 13 students in their EPQ studies for this year, and the focus of their presentations in mid-February.

EPQs, or Extended Project Qualifications, are free standing AS qualifications which gain students UCAS points and add a further dimension to Sixth Form studies.

EPQ co-ordinator, Mrs Charlotte Smith, adds; “I feel the EPQ provides a great opportunity for A level students to experience a university style of studying. They are able to choose a topic they are passionate about and interested in outside their A level subjects. It’s a great way them to carry out their own independent research: they have to critically choose what primary and secondary sources to use, build on their writing ability and referencing as well as developing their communication skills during their presentations.”