This year, 25 students participated in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) exhibition at King George V College. The exhibition is a showcase of students hard work throughout the AQA Baccalaureate, an enrichment opportunity available to students who study at the College.

The AQA Baccalaureate is an umbrella qualification designed to enhance a range of valuable employment skills and encourage their independent learning. The qualification is taken alongside an A Level programme and involves three different elements: at least 100 hours of voluntary work, an additional AS Level (in General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship or Science in Society) and the EPQ.

In the second year of the AQA Baccalaureate students undertake the independent extended research project.

Rob Liddle, EPQ leader at KGV said: “The EPQ as a whole is great for the students because they have to work independently with little support from a supervisor and this makes their university application stand out.

“This is exactly how they will have to work much of the time at university – its great preparation, which is why the universities look very favourably on the EPQ and it has the same tariff as an AS with UCAS.”

“It’s an opportunity for the students to develop their research and communication skills doing something that really interests them.

“Students who took part in the exhibition have to prepare a display based on their extended project as well as write a 6,000 word report of a topic or issue that interests them beyond their studies.

“Members of staff interview each student and record how well they communicated their project.

“It has to be about something they don’t do on their courses. The displays this year included PowerPoint presentations, posters, graphs, charts and maps, lots of interesting images, and even objects such as globes, flags, and a microscope. One student even had a plate of food to illustrate their project on in vitro meat!

“The EPQ course builds up to the exhibition over several months of research and preparation and is a showcase of their hard work.

For more information about the AQA Baccalaureate at KGV click here


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