Students impress with EPQ presentations

Some of this year’s Upper Sixth students recently presented their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) projects, covering a wide range of topics and impressing staff with their knowledge and confidence. 

The EPQ is an independent project undertaken by students that gives them an opportunity to delve deeper into an area of study of their choice. Students can choose to write a dissertation, carry out an investigation, create an artefact or give a performance. 

The EPQ presentation evening is the culmination of months of research and hard work, and Mrs Hollingworth, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, always looks forward to the presentation evening. 

She said: “Every year, I am amazed by the level of research and hard work that goes into the EPQ projects by our students.

“This year’s cohort has presented confidently on a range of topics, from questions in law and medicine, to behavioural economics, unsolved mathematical problems and the ethics of AI. One student also composed a cinematic suite of five pieces depicting different emotions.”

Students are encouraged to undertake an EPQ project as part of their sixth form studies. As well as carrying the value of half an A Level – and UCAS points – it prepares them for university-level academic research and independent study, and demonstrates skills that universities highly value.