Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) 2023

Year 12 pupils undertaking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) had the opportunity to showcase their projects and discuss their findings with parents, pupils and staff at the Presentation Evening on Monday 20th March.

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond their A Level studies and prepare for university whilst completing an independent research project. The EPQ enables students to develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent students, and it is worth up to 28 UCAS points. Completing an EPQ develops pupils’ essential skills required for university, such as researching and essay writing and enables them to take full ownership of their learning and therefore show creativity, initiative and enterprise.

Each year the topics chosen by WGS Year 12 pupils are wide ranging and span the full A Level curriculum offering. The topics this year included:

• Advances in Cosmetic Dentistry
• What was the most significant impact of China’s one child policy?
• How effective is the United Nations?
• What measures are NHS Hospitals taking to reduce their carbon footprint and provide sustainable healthcare?
• To design and evaluate a Passivhaus suited to a family of four in an inner-city environment
• When is cancel culture justified?

Mr Mike Boyle, Teacher of Biology and EPQ Coordinator, paid tribute to this group of pupils: “I have been greatly impressed by the eagerness and motivation they have displayed. They have worked diligently as their projects progressed, meeting challenge and showing care in their research. Their passion for their projects was evident on the evening, as they demonstrated great skill at answering the most challenging questions. Well done to them all!”

Discover more about WGS Sixth Form and opportunities outside the classroom here: www.wgs.org/sixth-form/extra-curricular-activities/