The course commences in the final half term of the Lower Sixth, and is taught for two periods per week through until the end of the Autumn Term. The EPQ is open to all students, although those taking four subjects to A2 are advised to think carefully about the time commitment and seek advice from their tutor, subject teachers and Mrs Costello-Kelly.
In the first taught component of the EPQ the aim is to train students in the basic research, analysis and presentation skills that they will require to be successful in the completion of their project. Alongside this taught element, the students are required to develop and produce a reseach proposal, while maintaining a record of their activities towards the completion of their project.
Although timetabled time will be available, students are expected to be very independent. Individual students, in consultation with their supervisor, set their own intermediate deadlines throughout the Autumn term. This flexibility allows the students to manage their time effectively while taking account of various coursework deadlines in other subjects. The final deadline for EPQ completion is just before the February half term break, although students should aim to complete the written component of their EPQ by Christmas to allow time to give their oral presentations.