For some, this is valuable subject-specific enrichment, such as the Medical Extension Group; for others, this is an opportunity to do something which is challenging and completely different to their A Level programme, such as Beginners’ Russian, Portuguese, and an Introduction to Psychology.
Each year, students beginning Year 12 are given the opportunity to undertake an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) in addition to their A Level subjects. The EPQ enables students to follow their passions to research an area of personal interest. The course involves approximately 120 hours of work, including 30 hours of taught skills (which are included within the timetable at Roedean) and 90 hours spent completing a project – a piece of coursework that will be assessed internally. The EPQ is worth up to 28 UCAS points and enables students to strengthen their university applications. Universities welcome the fact that the girls have taken their academic interests far beyond what is taught in the classroom.