The AQA Baccalaureate is a British educational qualification launched in April 2009 by the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, or AQA, to be studied in Years 12 and 13. The innovative qualification includes the existing A and AS Levels as part of the assessment, as well as mandatory enrichment activities and an extended project. The AQA is made up of three elements:
Universities and employers highly value a student’s ability to research and analyse material independently. Promoting independent learning is also central to the ethos of the AQA Baccalaureate and is gained through the EPQ.
Universities support and value the EPQ as evidence of a student’s ability to use a range of skills that are vital for successful study in higher education – including development of independent learning, self-management and research ability. Top universities around the world have been known to prefer students that have completed the EPQ.
The first step is for our students to choose a topic and decide what the finished product will be. We encourage creativity and curiosity, so the project topic may be directly related to or completely independent of their main study programme, and the finished product may take the form of a: