The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is independently researched, produced and presented by pupils and is highly valued by universities. It is a standalone qualification separately recorded on the UCAS form. Girls undertake the EPQ as part of the core Sixth Form curriculum. It is awarded grades from A* to U in the same fashion as A Levels and carries UCAS tariff points.
The EPQ indicates not only achievement in a subject but also the development of valuable skills, aptitudes and personal qualities.
EPQ titles that girls at St George’s have presented in recent years include: ‘Why did the Industrial Revolution happen in Britain?’, ‘Are ideas rather than material conditions the most significant cause of revolutions?’,’ How has the British monarchy’s influence changed over time?’, ‘In what ways did Paul Cezanne influence artists in the 20th century?’ and ’How did the use of Uranium during the invasions of the Iraq affect the epidemiology of the country?’ Instead of an essay, there is also the chance to produce an artefact or oversee an event such as a play or exhibition which could form the centrepiece of an excellent EPQ.