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Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) sits alongside A-levels within the Tonbridge School Sixth Form Curriculum. It offers students a unique opportunity to hone academic and project management skills while delving into a topic that piques their individual interest.

What sets the EPQ apart is its flexibility – students have the autonomy to choose the type of project they wish to undertake. Whether opting for a Scientific Investigation, a Dissertation, or crafting a creative Artefact such as art, sculpture, film, creative writing, or myriad other options, the EPQ empowers students to explore their passions.

These projects serve as a testament to the students' intellectual curiosity and their dedication to completing a substantial piece of independent work. Not only do they showcase a student's academic prowess, but they also underscore their commitment to intellectual exploration.

As a valuable component of the university application process, the EPQ cultivates skills crucial for success in higher education. Its significance is reflected in its potential to influence UCAS offers, with an A* earning an additional 28 UCAS points. Moreover, research indicates that engagement in the EPQ correlates with enhanced performance at A-level (Gill, 2016).

The course spans a total of 120 hours of study, incorporating 30 hours of taught skills to support students in acquiring new competencies essential for excelling in their EPQ.

Gill, T (2016) Research Matters: A Cambridge Assessment publication. © UCLES 2017

What universities say

"Where applicants have undertaken the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), this will not be a condition of any offer but the University recognises that the EPQ will provide an applicant with the opportunity to develop research and academic skills relevant for study at Oxford. Candidates are encouraged to draw upon relevant EPQ experience when writing their personal statement." 

University of Oxford

"The EPQ gives A-level students excellent preparation for university-level study and may help boost their UCAS application."

University of Manchester

What pupils say

"I have really enjoyed doing my EPQ because it allowed me to further my interest in extracurricular topics and subjects that I did not choose for A-level. It also helped me to develop skills that will be useful for undergraduate study." 

Thurso Willet (Sc 17-22)

"The EPQ has provided me with a fantastic wealth of new knowledge (on both Gothic cathedrals and project management). This newly amassed area of expertise will be invaluable as I move forward with my studies."

Xander Froggatt (WW 17-22)

"The EPQ is an excellent way to connect with your chosen topic area … it gives you the opportunity to develop an extremely good skill-base, which will be invaluable as you move on beyond the Sixth Form." 

Will Press (SH 17-22)

"The EPQ is a great experience for those trying to establish more independence into their academic endeavours, further their understanding of any topic of their choosing, and demonstrate the research skills that they have developed throughout the process."

Christopher Halford (PH 17-22)

Department Staff

Ms Ruth Davis

Head of EPQ, Head of Universities and Careers, Teacher of Divinity
BS, The London School of Economics

Dr Steven Chalk

Teacher of Physics
PhD, BSc, University of Hull

Mrs Helen Precious

Head Librarian
MSc, City University
BA, University of Hull

Mr Kurt Seecharan

Housemaster of School House, Teacher of Social Science
BSc, University of Bristol

Dr Scott Sneddon

Teacher of Chemistry
PhD, BSc, Keele University & University of St Andrews

Dr Christopher Thompson

Housemaster of Parkside, Teacher of History
PhD, MA, University of Cambridge

Mrs Jessica Watson-Reynolds

Teacher of Geography
MA, University of Sussex
BA, Aberystwyth University

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