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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at The King Alfred School

Course description

Students decide on their own project and can choose from four units:

1.   Dissertation: a written assignment on a question of your own choosing

2.    Field Investigation: a project that involves some original fieldwork

3.    Artifact: students can create an original product or new design

4.    Performance: students can plan and produce an original dance or drama performance

Course content

Examples of EPQs from former KAS sixth form students:


•    How has the internet affected social communications? (Unit 1)
•    Who caused the Cold War: Stalin or Truman? (Unit 1)
•    Why is there still so much popular interest in the Titanic? (Unit 1)
•    Does free will exist, or is it an illusion? (Unit 1)
•    How will the olympics affect the UK economy as a whole? (Unit 1)
•    How the blues has influenced modern day rock 'n'roll? (Unit 1)
•    How do natural products contribute to the pharmaceutical industry (Unit 1)
•    Is chemical synthesis, specifically organic synthesis, beneficial to science? (Unit 1)
•    Was mathematics discovered or invented? (Unit 1)
•    Why is the cochlear implant controversial in the deaf community? (Unit 1)
•    Are human activities in cities increasing the danger of storms? (Unit 1)
•    How effective are treatments for bipolar disorders? (Unit 1)
•    How has the development of tourism in Goa, India, affected biodiversity? (Unit 2)
•    What is the difference in zonation, ecology and diversity between Berrow sand dunes and Morfa Harlech? (Unit 2)
•    What is the prevalence of eating disorders within the dance community? (Unit 3)
•    What can we create from reusable materials? (Unit 4)

Future opportunities

It is strongly recommended that all Year 12 students complete the EPQ as it is a qualification that both universities and prospective employers value very highly.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Alfred School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

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