Sixth Form

    EPQ - Extended Project Qualification



    Sixth Form students are offered the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). An independent research-based project an EPQ is an opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of the student’s choosing, providing a unique and exciting opportunity for students to manage their own learning. They may also create an artefact with a report, in the past these have included a Search and Rescue Robot, music for drumming, dressmaking and art.

    The EPQ is a free-standing Level 3 qualification worth half an A Level providing valuable UCAS points. It provides an opportunity for developing critical thinking and project management skills; these are widely transferable and useful in both courses and the working world. In addition it is great preparation for university, in that independent learning skills needed in higher education are developed.

    Because an EPQ requires the student to identify and design their own project, adopt a strategic approach to its management and work independently, it is an ideal vehicle for curriculum enrichment and academic extension and is welcomed by many of the top Universities including Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group Universities and the 1994 group.

    Recent Bishop Ramsey EPQ titles have included:

    ‘How Polar Bear Adaptations Aid Their Survival’

    An Evaluation of the Diagnostic Methods Available for Cardiac Sarcoidosis

    Do the Sherlock Holmes Stories Condemn or Condone The Use of Drugs?

    Were The Egyptians The Most Socially Significant Civilisation


    EPQ students with Miss Neal

    EPQ group 2014-15

    Students’ comments about their EPQ experience:

    “The EPQ has been a benefit to me as it has helped to improve my independent study and has benefitted my knowledge in my chosen subject.”

    “The presentation was surprisingly my favourite part!! The EPQ has given me confidence in so many skills I will apply to University and beyond!”

    “My EPQ journey has been very helpful and worth every second. After your EPQ you’ll be one step ahead at university.”

    “My EPQ journey has improved my independent study skills but has also provided me with the confidence for presentations. It has been great and is extremely worthwhile. I have enjoyed every minute.”

    Students wishing to know more about the EPQ please see Miss Neal in the Library.

    Details can also be found in the Sixth Form Course Guide - available to download from the 'Prospectus and How to Apply' page in the Sixth Form section of the website.