On Tuesday 12 February Mrs Howard – Head of Sixth Form launched the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) with Year 12, EPQ is described by the Department for Education as ‘A single extended piece of work which requires a high degree of planning, preparation, research and autonomous work, providing valuable additional evidence for entry to higher education’. EPQ is the equivalent of an additional AS grade qualification and is marked at A level standard which provides a rigorous test of students ability.
Not all post-16 providers offer this additional qualification, which means Bewdley Sixth Form students are given the greatest chance of success when applying to Universities or future careers. EPQ gives students the opportunity to research a topic of their own interest, which does not have to be based around an academic subject that they are already studying.
Universities such as Newcastle have said ‘We value the skills of research and independent learning that the EPQ is designed to develop. We welcome applications from students offering the EPQ alongside A-Level. Offers may be varied as a result, in recognition of the level of study skills students have developed’
Mrs Howard Head of Sixth Form said ‘We at Bewdley Sixth Form are excited to be delivering a qualification that allows students to structure their own educational experience. As the Head of our Sixth Form it is a pleasure to be able to provide a personalised curriculum which inspires and motives young minds today.’