Extended Project Qualification

All Sixth Form students are encouraged to undertake an EPQ. It is an extremely valuable qualification in its development of independent learning skills which are so vital in higher education and the world of work. It also gives students an opportunity to “take flight” with a topic or practical project of their own.

During the first term of Year 12 the principles of the qualification and the necessary skills are taught. Then, students are able to plan and make a start on their EPQ with a view to submitting it in October of Year 13. In Year 13 they will be supported by a supervisor who will meet them once a week or as necessary for an individual or small group tutorial.

2017-18 EPQs have concerned, among many other things:

  • Manta Ray and Whale Shark ecology in the Indian Ocean
  • Setting up a Media Production Club
  • How to make an effective film sequence
  • Solutions to the Eurozone Crisis
  • How Sleep Affects Performance in Adults and Children
  • Chemiluminescence: its Use in Chemical Analysis
  • Using Fourier Transforms to Synthesise Musical Sounds
  • The History of Music Videos
  • Building an Acoustic Guitar to a Suitable Quality on a Specified Budget
  • The Book of Job
  • The EU and Our Modern Day Rights
  • Masks
  • Making a Hydrographical Chart of Derwentwater
  • Dance Interpretations of Rehabilitative Therapy and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Social Class and the Education and Aspiration of Teenagers
  • The Stasi
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • The economy of Chad
  • Lean engineering
  • Teaching French to primary age children
  • Criminologists' views of Ian Brady
  • Re-designing the interior of a caravan
  • Creating a fan-fiction askblog
  • Machiavelli
  • Applying the concept of pietas to Antigone and King Lear
  • The role of outdoor education in learning
  • Bitcoin
Teaching Staff
Mrs J Johnson, BA, PGCE