King's Worcester

8 February

King’s Upper Sixth Excel with our Best Ever EPQ Results

The King’s Sixth Form students have again excelled themselves with fantastic Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results, achieving the highest results to date. This year our biggest ever cohort with 24 students completing the EPQ with 63% receiving A*s and 88% A*/A.

The EPQ is a qualification open to students in England and Wales and is equivalent to half an A level. It takes dedication and commitment to produce either a dissertation (5,000 words), music or drama composition or report/artefact (supported by full paperwork). The EPQ is greatly valued by universities because it supports the development of independent research skills that are needed at the next level of education. An increasing number of universities make lower grade offers to those who have achieved a strong result in an EPQ.

The interest in EPQs is growing year on year at King’s and in the current Lower Sixth sixty pupils, almost 50% of the year, are taking this qualification. Students are able to research any topic which is of interest to them and this leads to a rich variety of outcomes. This year we have had a raft of interesting projects, including:

  • Will we still have coral reefs in 2050?
  • Through which scheme can solar energy best supplement the generation of electricity in the UK?
  • Has dealing with mental health issues and the pressures of being an international cricketer made members of the England women’s cricket team better players?
  • Could micro-algae be used to produce biodiesel?

Claire Brown, EPQ Coordinator said; “We were very impressed by the quality of the projects this year, the range of topics and of course the fantastic results. The interest in EPQs has grown enormously this year. Students now realise how important this is to demonstrate to universities that they are capable of independent research and dissertation writing.”