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The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a stand-alone qualification, designed to complement and enhance academic subjects in the Sixth Form.

A project can be undertaken on topic in which the pupil is genuinely interested, and the output can be presented in a variety of ways including a written report or an ‘artefact’. An artefact can be produced as a result of research on a topic area and examples have included: software, artwork and short stories. This process develops skills candidates will require in Higher Education and promotes independent learning, planning, research, analysis and evaluation. Additionally, the process enables students to stand out amongst their peers in the application process by demonstrating an extended commitment to and knowledge of their chosen field.

Each EPQ candidate is allocated a supervisor who oversees the project and advises on progress. Pupils receive timetabled lessons in research and referencing skills and are encouraged to use the wide range of resources at their disposal.


Over the last three years projects have included:

  • ‘How does one write an effective short story?’ This project, building on detailed analysis of the development of the genre from Edwardian times to the present, delivered both a critical analysis of the progression of the short story as well as a referenced example written by the project author. This project assisted the candidate in their application for an English degree and in their intention to develop their career within publishing.
  • ‘Creation of a piece of software to locate lost iPADs around school’. This project required background work on: selection of an appropriate methodology to manage the project, including: defining user requirements, building a system specification, writing, testing, implementing and evaluating the software. This project was used by the candidate to support their application to study Computer Science.
  • ‘How does colour affect different mental states and processes?’ This review of current research enabled a pupil, who was applying to read Psychology, to develop and demonstrate a high level of knowledge in this field.

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