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Elthorne Extended Programme (EEP) at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

What are the aims of the programme?

Our aim is to enable young people the commitment and personal qualities to gain places at the best universities. The programme is designed to cater for students who would like additional challenge in order to access Oxford, Cambridge or other top universities, or who are aiming to study medicine, dentistry or related courses. It aims to combine the additional skills and extended learning of the International Baccalaureate with the specialisation of A Levels. The programme will aim to develop the skills and aptitudes that top universities are looking for in interviews as well as stretching students’ academic achievements.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is open to all students who have a demonstrable record of the desirable qualities from our entry criteria. Students also have to display drive and commitment to tackle an independent challenge.

Course content

What will the programme consist of?

The extended programme consists of the following:

AS Critical thinking, the Extended Project Qualification and other elements.

AS Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is a skill based course which develops the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate ideas and arguments and can support thinking skills in all subject areas, from the Arts and Humanities to the Sciences. The core skills such as analysis, spotting flaws and weaknesses in reasoning and composing focused and coherent arguments are transferred into successful academic study in all areas.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The Extended Project Qualification allows students to carry out an independent research project in a subject a student or students are interested in studying at university. The project will enhance the ability to demonstrate an interest in a subject at university interview and enhance subject knowledge in order to achieve the highest grades. Students will be assigned a subject specialist tutor with whom they will have individual interviews. The extended project qualification is worth up to 60 UCAS points (the equivalent of an AS Level).

Additional elements

Students will be expected to broaden their CVs by participating in work experience, community service and creative and sporting activities. In addition there will be regular talks by guest speakers such as Dr Geoff Baldwin (Admissions Tutor at Imperial College, London) Sir Nicholas Young (Chief Executive of the British Red Cross) and Virendra Sharma MP. The lessons and talks are mandatory for all those on the extended programme.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.

Further information

Early entry to university is a requirement for students applying to Oxford and Cambridge or to medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. It is also useful for any student serious about making a competitive application. Students will be given focussed support geared for their particular needs in writing their personal statements and preparing for interviews. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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    • At EPHS Sixth Form we aim to provide you with a broad and exciting range of opportunities so that you are in the best possible position to go on to further study, work and become an positive member of the community.  As such, we have a variety of activities on offer outside of lessons.


      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.