Between them they achieved seven A* and two A grades in the newly introduced qualification, which offers Sixth Form students the opportunity to explore a topic about which they are fascinated – and which is not covered by their A-level courses – in great depth. Most choose produce a 5,000 word essay and all have to present their topic and answer challenging questions in front of an audience.
In the years since 2010 116 Grange students have taken the EPQ, with remarkable results. Of that number 100 (87%) have been awarded A* grades and 12 (a further 12%) A grades. The most recent crop of results saw 85% achieve a top grade, and no one get less than an A. The Grange has undoubtedly become an EPQ centre of excellence!
The School’s EPQ Coordinator, masterminds the logistics of a system that sees students paired with volunteer mentors from among the teaching staff (from the Headmaster downwards), who give up valuable free time to guide the students in their research, the production of their outcomes and their presentations. They also assess all aspects of the qualification, which is then externally moderated by the examination boards.
A large number of our students do the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) which provides an opportunity for our students to develop their research and presentation skills as they look deeply into a topic which interests them. Whilst the qualification is largely self-led, students do receive one-to-one mentoring from a member of staff, tuition to develop their research skills and visits to Manchester University library.
What does an EPQ offer me?
• The chance to extend your study beyond the A-level specifications, in whatever way you chose;
• The equivalent of an AS (70 UCAS points);
• The only way to achieve an A* at AS.
What do I produce?
The project topic is entirely of your own choosing. As part of the process you:
• Produce a summary of your research findings – this could be in the form of an extended essay but could be something more visual e.g. a video or a sculpture;
• Make the key decisions about how your project is structured and should progress;
• Present your findings to a non-specialist audience at the end of the process.
“One of the greatest advantages of my EPQ qualification was including it on my University application. It helped me to round off my personal statement by encompassing my interests into one project, and acted as a interesting
talking point when conducting my University interviews.”
“Possibly the biggest role it has played so far is actually lowering my AAA offer from Sheffield to AAB (with an A in EPQ), thus giving me an insurance I didn’t plan on having, which is obviously very useful!”