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Extended Project Qualification at Rugby High School

Course description

EPQ is the Extended Project Qualification. This is a major piece of individual project work in which the student has the opportunity to explore a topic or question that is of particular interest to her and which is not covered by any of her A level courses. The emphasis is on the development of skills rather than the learning of factual content. It is a stand-alone qualification which is equivalent in size, status and points to half an A level and it is timetabled for two periods a week. During the summer term, the course will consist of a series of workshops and lectures. In the spring term, the focus is on research and presentation skills leading students to their individual research projects. The outcome of the research will be presented by the student both orally and in writing, leading to a dissertation.

The EPQ requires commitment, self-discipline, independent study and time-management and is an excellent preparation for university. We are offering two EPQ courses this year and brief summaries are given below; more detailed information about the course programmes will be given in the presentations in your induction programme.

Course content

EPQ: Perspectives on Science

Students will develop skills of research, analysis, communication, and argument in the context of the History, Philosophy, and Ethics of Science. Students will learn to develop and defend their own point of view on a range of scientific issues. Students do not have to take science A levels to study this EPQ, however, a strong interest in scientific questions is essential e.g. the origins of the universe, the human mind, animal welfare, the beginning and ending of life.

EPQ: Culture & Identity

The taught components in the summer term will include Art, English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology, linked through the concepts of culture, how it evolves and is represented or interpreted and identity, both individual and societal. Students taking this course should be curious, keen to explore new ideas and prepared to do the essential extra reading. The course will offer a broad base from which an area of specific interest and research can be chosen.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rugby High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2017
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