We place great emphasis on developing pupils academically outside their chosen A Level subjects. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is therefore studied as a fourth, or occasionally fifth, subject in Sixth Form and the school is a centre of excellence for this within the GDST.
The EPQ allows girls to explore a topic that they are passionate about but may not be able to cover in A Level courses. Recognised by universities as excellent preparation for university study, the EPQ gives the opportunity to gain additional UCAS points whilst enriching academic understanding and developing key skills through research.
Project ‘products’ are varied, including plays, videos and objects, as well as dissertation-style papers, and really allow students to explore study in a different way.
Over the past few years our students have produced some excellent EPQs at Sydenham High, including dissertations focused on the Ebola outbreak, the portrayal of Julius Caesar in the media, and the health implication of a diet from Southern Asia.
The EPQ is a rewarding but challenging part of the curriculum which adds additional depth to girls’ studies. It is a great opportunity to experience university-style study and expand knowledge in a specific area of interest. It helps develop independent research skills and is valued by universities.