At EWS we offer a bespoke package of enrichment activities which can be academic, develop a hobby or more casual, depending on what you want to do. If you are looking for an academic option, we offer the option of an additional Level 3 programme to compliment your existing studies. Students are also able to choose to complete the Extended Project Qualification and National Baccalaureate award.
What is the Extended Project Qualification?
The Extended Project Qualification or EPQ is an independent research project which involves writing an essay of 5000 words, or creating a product, which might be anything from an art object to a drama performance. As the project evolves, students complete a production log to record specific stages of the project. As part of the EPQ students give an oral presentation to an audience demonstrating the skills developed and research undertaken as well as the key findings of the project. The EPQ is worth the same as an AS Level and at EWS we follow the AQA specification. Students receive teaching and guidance to get started, to help with planning and researching and presentation skills, and to keep them on track as they work through their chosen project. There’s no formal restriction on what you do the project on: that’s negotiated between you and your project adviser, who will help you choose a topic you will enjoy and cope with. Previous projects have explored the relationship between music and maths, a comparison of the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson with Dr Who and his companion, the impact of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic games and alleged corruption in Fifa and the impact upon grassroots football.
What is the benefit of completing an EPQ?
The Extended Project Qualification teaches some key high-level skills that individual A-level courses don’t have time to include, and many students say it adds considerable interest to their sixth-form programme. There are also several major benefits to completing an EPQ when it comes to applying to university as it provides UCAS points – EPQ is valued at 50% of a full A level in the UCAS tariff. A significant advantage of an EPQ to students is in helping convince top universities to make offers. An EPQ provides very clear evidence that students have interests and ability which go beyond the A-Level curriculum. It demonstrates clearly the capability of undertaking independent reading, research, and essay writing that is the cornerstone skill of most undergraduate degrees.
National Baccalaureate Programme
The National Baccalaureate gives recognition to the full range of student achievements and learning experiences including academic qualifications and personal development. Completion of the National Baccalaureate signifies that a student has received a rounded education and has achieved success in a range of skill areas, not limited to those tested in formal examinations. We believe that learning is about both your qualities and your qualifications. Employees tell us they are looking for “rounded and grounded” young people, who have a range of experiences and skills in addition to an outstanding attitude and aptitude. The National Baccalaureate for England is the ideal vehicle for students to present a full picture of themselves, and demonstrate that learning is for life.
The National Baccalaureate programme has three core components:
- Core Learning- recognising the core learning of the student; A Level or BTEC programmes
- A personal research project- such as the EPQ
- A personal development programme- This is a programme of activities and experiences that allow students to develop a range of skills and personal qualities. Typically this might include arts, sport, community service, work experience and would involved 100-150 hours of activity over two years. Here are some of the other enrichment activities students have been involved in:
- There are lots of other activities to take part in such as in sports, drama or music. Some of these activities are organised by the school, but others are set up and run by students. Students can also get involved in the running of the school by joining the Sixth Form Leadership Team.
- World Challenge
- Royal British Legion events
- Too Fast Too Soon
- Sports Leadership roles
- Volunteering in classes
- Volunteering in the local community
- Paired reading with younger students
- Charity Christmas Fayre
- Football teams
- Interform rounders
- Inter campus competitions
- British Army careers day
- MacMillan Coffee Morning
- Interform quiz teams
- Work experience
- Sky Academy
- Drama productions- Annie
- Music groups