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Stratford Girls' Grammar School Stratford-Upon-Avon

Extended Project

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(GCSE Level)

About This Course

The Extended Project is a stand-alone qualification which is worth half an A-level but equivalent in difficulty to a full A-level. It allows girls to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career.

We value the EPQ highly and all girls in Year 12 undertake the project. They are allocated a personal supervisor from the teaching staff whom they meet with once a week, for the whole of Year 12. Girls follow a ‘taught skills’ programme during the first term before embarking on their own personal study.

They have to:

  • choose an area of personal interest
  • draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by their supervisor
  • plan, research and carry out the project (normally, but not always, a 5000 word essay)
  • deliver a presentation to a specified audience
  • undertake suitable self-reflection on the process of completing the project.

Many top universities reduce their offers if they received an application which includes a good EPQ. Recently, girls at Shottery Sixth Form  have received reduced offers from King’s College, Lancaster, Bath, Durham and Sheffield amongst others. But more importantly the EPQ is excellent preparation for University.

We see the EPQ as a real asset to our Sixth Form and one which gives our girls a genuine advantage in applying to universities.

Aims of the course 

Completing an EPQ will enable the learner to:

  • develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners
  • develop and apply decision-making and, where appropriate, problem-solving skills
  • extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • where appropriate, develop confidence in applying new technologies in their studies
  • develop and apply skills creatively, demonstrating initiative and enterprise
  • use their learning experiences to support their aspirations for higher education and/or career development
  • transfer skills developed as part of their extended project to other areas of study