BMS students in Year 13 received their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results last week with an impressive 93% achieving A* or A grades. The EPQ is highly regarded by universities; the University of Southampton describes it as giving an ‘unparalleled introduction to the skills required to thrive in Higher Education.’
The EPQ is a standalone qualification which helps students develop and demonstrate their project management skills and provides opportunities for extended writing. Students can tailor their project to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations with the agreement of the School, and the outcome can be a ‘design, performance, report, dissertation or artefact’.
Two members of the EPQ cohort, Carla Norris and Joseph Knox, put the lockdown period to good use by working on their ‘artefacts’. Carla created two large oil paintings in the style of artists such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, while Joseph conducted some test flights with his home-made radio-controlled model aircraft.
Project Supervisor, Mrs Costello, commented: “Although we have offered the EPQ to our Sixth Form students for a number of years, this is the first time that our students have embarked on their projects during Year 12 with submissions to the exam board in November of Year 13. We have been especially impressed by the outstanding work ethic demonstrated by the students who have completed their independent research and write-ups during a period of remote learning.”