Enrichment Opportunities

EPQ – Extended Project Qualification

Why study this course?

EPQ is an increasingly popular choice with over 120 projects successfully completed since it was introduced onto the 6th Form syllabus 4 years ago. It is entirely project-based, with no examination, on a topic of your choice. It involves largely independent research, organisation, creation and evaluation.

You will, of course, be guided through the various stages with lectures, individual consultations and formal lessons to help you complete the
project to a good standard. It is graded and equivalent to an AS qualification, receiving points on the UCAS system as well as being tangible proof of your passion for a certain subject area and your ability to use initiative and inter-personal skills in your academic career.

Previous EPQ students have mentioned it in their personal statement as evidence of their desire to follow a particular career and we always ask form tutors to mention it in the reference they write for you as part of your UCAS application. It is a great opportunity to study an academic area in which you are interested but does not feature in your A Level courses and counts as part of your enrichment profile.

How is the course structured?

The ‘product’ of your project can be a formal 5,000 word essay but equally can be an event (like a fashion show), a website or an illustrated book. In fact, as long as you can demonstrate the requisite research, planning, design and evaluation, it will be accepted in any form.

30 hours of classroom-based work on areas such as research, conducting interviews, planning, source evaluation, referencing, constructing bibliographies and preparing presentations.

It is normally completed in around 50 hours of independent work outside the classroom, following a schedule of your own making. You have a minimum of 4 individual consultations spread through the project so that you can discuss progress with your allocated supervisor.

A Production Log is required to show your EPQ journey from your initial idea to its completion. And you will be asked to deliver a final presentation to a group of 4 fellow EPQ students during which you evaluate your learning experiences.


Duke Of Edinburgh

There are three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. You must be 14 to begin working towards your Bronze, 15 for Silver and 16 for Gold.

To achieve each award participants must complete a programme of activities in four or five sections; volunteering, skills, physical, expedition and, for Gold only, residential.

With the help of Leaders, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives. It’s not a competition or about being first. It’s all about self-development.

Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team work.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College

Students in years 10 & 11 are working towards achieving their Bronze Award and years 12 & 13 are working towards Gold. Silver is not currently completed in school. The Award is supported and run by members of staff and friends of the School. They help organise and lead the training and assessed expeditions which take place in the Peak District and Snowdonia over weekends the summer and autumn terms.

We are happy to offer advice on the purchase of speciality outdoor equipment although none is required for Bronze and a luxury on Gold. Participants can usually receive a 10% discount on outdoor equipment at Cotswold’s outdoor shop. However, we can provide participants with tents, stoves, rucksacks, coloured maps and compasses for the duration of their expedition. We also can provide and additional camping equipment on request.

We offer the Bronze Award to students in Year 10, although, they can start working towards the award from age 14.

At the beginning of Year 12 we invite students to enrol directly onto The Gold Award. No previous involvement in the Award is necessary.

Students receive a badge and certificate upon completion of the Bronze award which is presented in a school assembly.

On completion of the Gold Award participants and a guest are invited to attend a formal presentation by The Duke of Edinburgh and mingle with celebrity supporters at St James Palace.

To find out more about the Award Scheme visit – http://www.dofe.org

Or contact The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator
Mr Hilton via email: PHilton@Sandhigh.cheshire.sch.uk


Extra Curricular Clubs at Sandbach Sixth Form

DAY BREAK TIME LUNCHTIME AFTER SCHOOL
MONDAY Real Readers Club Concert Band Netball/Hockey Squad Training
  Guitar Ensemble String Quartet
  Study Support Fitness Room
  Cricket Coaching Textiles Drop In
  Volleyball Club Food & Nutrition Drop In
  Netball Training Maths Drop In
  Poultry Club
  Food & Nutrition Drop In
  Young Enterprise Meetings
TUESDAY Real Readers Club Netball Team Training Orchestra
  Swimming Club Car Club
  Pupil Voice Big Read
  Study Support A Level Dance Rehearsals
  Chamber Choir Fitness Room
  Fitness Room
  Y13 Economics Challenge Club
  Food & Nutrition Drop In
WEDNESDAY Real Readers Club Brass Ensemble Fitness Room
  Music Theory Club Gr1-3
  Percussion Ensemble
  Study Support
  Gymnastics Club
  Trampolining Club
  Football Club
  SLOTHs
  Food & Nutrition Drop In
THURSDAY Real Readers Club Cross Country Club Swimming club
  Study Support Jazz Band
  Choir Upper School Dance Performance Group
  Latin Club Fitness Room
  Musical Theatre Group EPQ Drop In
  Amnesty International Group
  Food & Nutrition Drop In
  Fitness Room
  A Level Dance Rehearsals
FRIDAY Real Readers Club Rock Band Volleyball Club
Music Theory Gr 4 & 5 Badminton Club
Clarinet Group Fitness Room
Rainbow Club
Eco-Club
Study Support
Badminton Club
Football Coaching
Poultry Club
Food & Nutrition Drop In
A Level Dance Rehearsals