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Extended Project Qualification in Religious Studies at St Benedict's Catholic School

Course description

There will be some taught elements using PowerPoints and discussions where students will learn the religious content required. The majority of the two years will involve students being supervised as they work independently on their projects. Regular tutorials will occur with their supervisors.

Course content

There are several taught elements surrounding Religious Studies to give students a secure basis on which to begin their EPQ. This includes
- Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
- The Sanctity of Human Life
- Eastern Religions
- Abrahamic Religions

Students are also taught about research skills ahead of their project by their supervisors as well as from outside speakers. This includes:
- Referencing
- Note making
- Active and effective reading
- Essay Structure
- Presentation preparation

For the project itself, each student chooses their own focus. It should reflect an area of interest which they have which connects with the other subjects they are studying and their future career choice. It should also link with R.E.

Entry requirements

- Everybody in sixth form at St Benedict’s will work towards the EPQ.
- No commitment to a religion is presupposed or required


At the end of the second year, students submit one of the following:
- A research-based written report of around 5000 words
- A practical project or ‘artefact’ with an accompanying research-based written report of at least 1000 words
In addition, students will create a production log tracking the progress which they make towards their EPQ. They will also give a presentation about their project to a small audience.

Future opportunities

An EPQ has huge benefits for students entering higher education and employment. It is widely recognised by universities as providing students with the opportunity to develop their independent learning skills. It is awarded UCAS points and some universities even lower their entry requirements if a high grade has been achieved in an EPQ. It allows students to pick a subject of interest to them and their future studies/career as well as explore the religious or ethical issues surrounding a subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2017
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