The Extended Project Qualification at Bournemouth School
The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a Level 3 qualification (equivalent in standard to an
A2 level course) which is available to students from the end of year 12. Students begin the
qualification after their AS exams, and complete it before their A2 summer exams.
The EPQ is a project chosen by the student that shows evidence of planning, research, independent
work, skill development and reflective analysis. It could revolve around:
- the production of a website
- the organization of a charity event
- writing an academic report
- scripting and directing a performance
- producing a DVD
When their product is complete, students present a summary of their research to an audience of staff
and/or other students. Throughout the project, they keep a record of the development of their project
and their research.
Students are required to attend skills lessons which run from the end of year 12 through to the spring
of year 13. These sessions are focused on a range of topics including academic writing styles,
research methods, and ethics. In addition, students are allocated a supervisor who supports them in
their independent research.
At the end of the project, the three components (the project product, the presentation, and the log) are
assessed holistically by the supervisor. Projects are awarded a grade (A* - E) and are worth up to
70 UCAS points.
The EPQ is appropriate for many students who have a particular interest outside of their academic
subjects, as it assesses a different range of skills than the traditional A level courses. These skills
include autonomous working, organisation, decision-making, critical thinking, creativity,
communication and presentation skills.
Our Sixth Form entry requirement is based on the applicant’s best 8 GCSEs including
English and Mathematics with a minimum of 356 points, with an A*, A or B in the
subjects chosen or in a related discipline. The points used are the Department for Education
(DfE) points - 58 A*, 52 A, 46 B, 40 C, 34 D, 28 E. (Maximum = 8 A* = 464 Points).
Essentially this means that you should be confident of achieving at least 6 B grades and 2
C grades at GCSE (and at least C grades in English Language and Mathematics) before
considering applying for a sixth form place at Bournemouth School.2
There are also some subject specific entry requirements in addition to the requirements for
joining the Sixth Form. In most cases, you will be expected to have attained at least a grade
B in the subject that you intend to study at Advanced Level (A-Level). The main exception to
this is for Mathematics and Further Mathematics. To study Mathematics at A-Level we
expect you to have attained an A* or A grade at GCSE, and for Further Mathematics an A*.
These requirements are based upon our experience over a number of years, and how well
Mathematics students cope with the transition between GCSE and A-Level. We recognise
that very few students will have had the opportunity to study Economics, Government and
Politics, or Psychology at GCSE level. To study these subjects at A-Level, we expect you to
have attained at least B grades in closely related subjects. Some subjects do not have any
subject specific requirements (but, you must, of course, have met the requirements of joining
the Sixth Form).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bournemouth School directly.