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High School

The Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) is an AQA Level 2 qualification that is roughly equivalent to a GCSE.  Taking part allows students to discover the joys of independent learning, take responsibility for their own study and develop new life and study skills.

The HPQ is offered to students in Year 9 who must submit an application to take part demonstrating how they will show commitment to the project which takes place on Thursdays after school between 3.45pm and 4.45pm.

This qualification has been designed to stretch and challenge students, especially those aspiring for University, by developing important academic skills required at higher education.  Students will learn essential skills such as: referencing; essay writing; creating a bibliography; creating a presentation, researching and deploying secondary and primary sources.

Students are expected to plan, research and develop the argument of their chosen question themselves.  During an average school week, students are expected to spend a minimum of one hour per week on their project at home.

To gain the qualification, students will need to produce:

  • A production log – A diary that logs the progress they have made throughout the year.
  • Research – A collection of sources and a bibliography that relate to their topic.
  • A 2000 word essay – answering their hypothesis for their chosen question.
  • A presentation – which summarises their project and reflects on the projects outcomes.