So what is an Extended Project Qualification (or EPQ)?
Most students won’t have heard of an EPQ, and yet for some of our Year 13s it has been taking up a lot of their time over the past few months. According to AQA, the EPQ is “a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your students’ skills in independent research and project management.” The EPQ is worth half an A Level, so can really make a difference in terms of UCAS points for applying to university. If you want to know more about the EPQ have a look at this blog on the UCAS website by a student who has just finished theirs.
This year, 10 Year 13 students have handed in their EPQ projects. This is a particularly impressive effort given the circumstances this year; to complete such a significant piece of independent research despite Covid regulations has been a challenge for them all.
There has been a range of fascinating subjects researched from PTSD in Paramedics and Protective Safety Measures in Formula 1, to Non-invasive treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain and Racial Inequality in the American Criminal Justice System. One student researched Revisionist Westerns and wrote his own short Western, which was performed using other Year 13 students. The final product was extremely professional.
Congratulations to all the students (pictured below) for their hard work.
Mrs Feeney, Dr Paradis, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Conway
Students below are (Back row left to right) Annie Johnson, Patrycja Joskowska, Ben Atkinson, Abigail Herron, Thomas Ferguson.
(Front row left to right) John Graham, Ruairidh Macfarlane, Gus Clery, Lewis Bentham.
(Not pictured) Jed Gaddi