Students on the Aspire Programme are encouraged to do the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as an additional qualification.
The qualification is research-based and so gives students the opportunity to study, in-depth, an area of specific interest to them. It also means that they have an individual area of interest that they can talk about at interview, which in turn, helps differentiate them from other students.
Students doing the EPQ have the opportunity to explore an area of specific interest to them, that may be only loosely connected to their A Level subjects. The only requirement is that they select an area that they are passionate about, as the qualification requires working independently, in much the same way that’s expected at university.
The EPQ can take the form of a dissertation, field study or artefact and so is relevant to students with a range of different interests.
Typically most students taking the EPQ achieve an A* or A.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in research workshops with leading universities.
In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.
All students need to complete work experience during their Lower Sixth year, and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.
Students will be invited onto the course at the end of the Lower Sixth.