Wilson's School

Extraordinary EPQ Success for Year 13 Students
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CONGRATULATIONS to those students in Year 13 who completed an EPQ earlier this year. The EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is an AS level qualification for which students devise, plan, research and write up a project on a topic of their choice, that goes beyond the scope of their A level courses. In most cases, EPQs culminate in a 5,000-word essay, though for some projects students produce an 'artefact' – such as a short story or a computer program, for example – plus an accompanying explanatory essay.

Completing an EPQ is very demanding. It requires a great deal of hard work and disciplined time management, as well as a significant amount of reading of degree-level material. It is excellent preparation for university-level study, in terms both of the independent learning skills developed and the material that is covered.

This year's projects were of an extremely high standard indeed, which is testament to the huge amount of work put in by students to their EPQs, at the same time as working very hard on their A levels. Of the 31 projects completed, 19 received an A* grade, 11 an A grade and one a B grade. The exam board commented that the projects from Wilson's "showed great variety" and observed that "the EPQ is being used to provide an opportunity to research in depth a topic of the candidate's own interest".

Of particular note are the projects of Kwame Baffour-Awuah, on psychological and pharmaceutical treatments for dementia; Liam Grant, on the causes of Japanese economic stagnation in the final decades of the twentieth century; and James MacDonell, on Cicero and the Catilinarian Conspiracy – all of which received full marks.

Pictured above: Outstanding cohort of EPQ students

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