the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Top Achievement in EPQ
24 April 2015
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an optional additional qualification in Year 13. It provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus by undertaking a project on a subject they are studying or in an area of personal interest. The qualification is worth half an A level and is marked at A2 level.
We were delighted that the eight girls pursuing the EPQ in 2013-14 between them achieved an A*, four As, two Bs and a C.
Over the three years that the EPQ has been running, EHS entrants have chosen a fascinating variety of topics for their projects and this year was no exception. Past student Tess Hulton earned a well-deserved A* for her well-researched project comparing Jean Anouilh's with the original Greek. Tess is about to take up a place at Edinburgh University to read History; other past students Danielle Carrington and Alice Dillon also chose classics topics.
The Extended Project enables sixth formers to experience real independent learning and develop transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis and evaluation which will be invaluable when they start university. Extended Project also enhances their CVs.
With the support of a staff supervisor, students select a project title, plan, manage, realise and review their project. All the students this year chose a 5000 word dissertation as their final piece of work. All students are also required to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their submission and to give a short presentation about their project to an invited audience of staff and peers.
Deputy Head of Sixth Form