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Supporting students taking the EPQ


Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) The University of Hertfordshire actively supports the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as a qualification that helps students to develop the independent learning skills that will be required when they arrive in higher education. We offer a research skills day, along with other programmes and resources, to support Year 12/13 students working towards this qualification.

What we offer: We offer three different packages for you to choose from. Each can be tailored to suit the particular needs of your students and institution. • Research and study skills day (full day, at the University of Hertfordshire) • Library-based research session (half day, at the University of Hertfordshire) • Visit to your school/college (either a 2 hour skills session or a 45 minute talk, “The EPQ: A University Perspective”)

More information All sessions take place on our College Lane campus which is located in Hatfield, only 20 minutes by train from London King’s Cross and within easy access of the A1(M). For further information or to book any of these sessions for your Year 12/13 students please contact one of us on 01707 286462, or via email: Dr Ian Herrington: i.r.herrington@herts.ac.uk Anouska Plaut: a.plaut@herts.ac.uk You can also visit our webpage at: go.herts.ac.uk/epq


Research and Study Skills Day (typical format) (Full day, at the University of Hertfordshire) Morning session: (09.30 – 12.00 including a mid-morning break)

Afternoon session (13.00 – 15.00)

• Introduction to the EPQ • What universities think of the EPQ • Introduction to independent learning • Choosing and formulating a question • Finding information • Critical thinking including selection, evaluation and bias of sources • Plagiarism and referencing Students are given an introduction to the Learning Resources Centre on-campus and are able to access electronic journals and other online resources to research their projects. The timings and content of the day can be adjusted to meet the needs of your group of students. Please note that during university term-time (mid-September to early June) we are able to accommodate groups of up to 30 students at a time. Outside these dates (mid-June to mid-September) we can accommodate groups of up to 80.

I saw quite a few of the students upon their return to school and they were very fired up and enthusiastic!

Students were buzzing with enthusiasm about their topic choices. Chauncy School Many seem to want to write ‘War and Peace’ and take on the academic world! St Clement Danes

I know the students found the day invaluable, particularly with regard to achieving a focussed question … In addition, everything they learned yesterday will be beneficial to their UCAS applications as well as the EPQ. John F Kennedy Catholic School

It was an inspiring day which has left our students buzzing about their projects. Highfield School


Other activities we offer: As well as supporting EPQ students, the university also provides various outreach programmes including: • Gifted and Talented master classes • Subject taster sessions • Advice on how to apply and write personal statements • Student finance talks • Other workshops and on-campus events For more information about these activities please visit our website go.herts.ac.uk/ukr or telephone us on 01707 289392

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Supporting Students taking the EPQ