EPQS – THE STEPPING STONE TO INDEPENDENT LEARNING AT A TOP UNIVERSITY

Recently, some of our motivated Lower Sixth Formers completed and presented their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). And some of the titles chosen were quite arresting!

Motivated pupils can complete an EPQ in their Lower Sixth year to show prospective universities how well they work independently and to boost their UCAS points.

An EPQ is an independent learning project undertaken by pupils, the aim of which is to develop in pupils the skills required to study at university. All Downside pupils have the opportunity to produce an EPQ. They choose their own topic in which they are interested, research the subject and then produce a dissertation of 5,000-8,000 words. This must be fully referenced, with critical analysis and a bibliography. They receive some light guidance in lessons and have the support of a tutor but, to develop independent skills, pupils mainly work on their own. Once their research is complete, they present their findings for ten minutes and are then questioned in detail.   

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Scroll through the galley below to see some of the EPQ titles presented.