The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Do you have an interest you’d like to explore further? Or perhaps you’d like to extend your learning beyond one of your A-level subjects? If so, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) could fulfil that wish. 

The EPQ is an opportunity for you to take the lead on developing your independent research and study skills while researching a topic that you’re passionate about. It can be taken as an extension of other Level 3 qualifications;  it's worth half an A-level in terms of UCAS points and is recognised by universities and employers.

Studying for an EPQ, you’ll learn report-writing and presentation skills, conduct research and analyse and evaluate your findings, and complete your project with either a written report or by creating an artefact, such as an artwork, piece of music or product.

Examples of past projects by Eltham HIll students graded A or A*

  • To what extent can psychoacoustics be utilised in healthcare settings?
  • Explain the effectiveness of using memorable melodies on stage and screen to enhance the listener's auditory experience. 
  • To what extent is Covid-19 more deadly than the Ebola virus?
  • Discuss the effect the economic climate had on American Modernist literature and art from the 1920-1940s.
  • How have the experiences and treatment of female athletes changed over time?
  •  To what extent has progress been made to combat the rise of human trafficking and the violation of women’s rights internationally, and how has this been affected by the coronavirus pandemic? (Case studies of Rwanda, China and the UK)
  • How did the Surrealist Movement Act as a Catalyst for Cultural and Political Change in Western Europe? 
  • How effective are, and what are the inherent issues with, historical and contemporary approaches to psychiatry and the treatment of mental illness?
  • What are the Links Between Sleep Deprivation And Mental Health, Sleep Disorders and Sociological Aspects? How Far Can These be Considered as Forms of Torture
  • To What Extent Does Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’ Validate the View that Gender is a Social Construct?
  • To What Extent Are Juries Still Warranted or Needed in the Modern Legal System?

The EPQ at Eltham Hill is delivered through a mix of taught sessions and mentoring. It gives you the chance to develop skills that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your academic career and beyond.

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