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Shrewsbury High School offers the opportunity for our Sixth Form girls to take control of their learning with an EPQ. Designed with a university format of lectures, seminars and tutorials, you will be supported throughout the process by a dedicated team of supervisors to help you succeed in your EPQ journey.

All students in Year 12 will begin a programme of Study Skills which for some students will lead to an Extended Project Qualification and/or an AS Level in Thinking Skills.

The AQA Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a nationally recognised Level 3 award which carries UCAS points equivalent to half an A Level. All universities recognise the value of students completing an EPQ and some even reduce their offers by at least one grade if students achieve an A grade or above.

The Cambridge International AS or A Level Thinking Skills course develops a set of transferable skills. These include critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving. You can apply these skills across a wide range of subjects and complex real world issues. These transferable skills will equip students well for progression to higher education or directly into employment.

The skills learnt during the Study Skills course, will also support those students who need to sit any additional admissions tests for University (such as the BMAT, UCAT, LNAT or any of the Oxbridge assessments). It will also help you to develop the skills required for success during the Graduate recruitment process once you have completed your University degree,

The Study Skills programme is designed with a university format of lectures, seminars and tutorials. For those of you who choose to pursue an EPQ, you will be supported throughout the process by a dedicated team of supervisors to help you succeed in your EPQ journey. For both courses, you will have the opportunity to explore a research topic of your choice which allows you to undertake a journey of discovery into subjects that most interest you. For all students, this could give you a vital component of your UCAS Personal Statement and a way of evidencing your passion for the subject you are applying for.

Along the way you will learn key skills from how to write a report to creating a bibliography, learn how to work independently and as a team, as well as extend your knowledge and understanding in a research area you are passionate about. All students will be involved in presenting about their chosen research projects to a small group of their peers.

The course prepares you for the academic rigour of university, helps to develop your independent study skills and time management whilst encouraging you to be confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.

Mrs Gemma Parish
Head of UCAS & Careers and EPQ Coordinator