The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Here you will find all you need to know about undertaking an EPQ. This is a skills based qualification, which means that candidates are not assessed on particular content, but rather the skills which they demonstrate. An extended project can take any of the following forms: a 5,000-word written report, artefact or product (these require a short report alongside). Students have rare opportunity in the EPQ to gain a qualification which Universities recognise which is on a subject of their choosing. This course can also assist students which want a vocation immediately after further education, as it can demonstrate niche areas which are outside the scope of other programmes.

EPQ must be studied alongside a full programme of courses at Walton High Post 16 and any student in Post 16 is eligible to gain this qualification, as it is available in all option blocks. The course runs from September to April each year, with weekly taught sessions. This qualification is completed within one year and students are encouraged to do this in the first rather than second year due to summative exams being in the second year.

Course Description and Content:

The EPQ is an academic qualification on any subject matter, which requires research, thoughtful decision making, planning, design, resourcing and evaluation to succeed. Students have two sessions per week, in groups, with their supervisor, who will guide them and teach them appropriate taught skills. However, this is an independent project, students will be required to utilise the skills taught to their chosen topic of expertise.

The taught skills which Walton High offers relate to the following: time management, planning, organising data, formal essay writing and structure, copyright and plagiarism guidance, conducting primary research (methods and ethics), handling statistics, credibility and reliability of primary and secondary research and referencing. These taught skills are useful for other courses and further study as well as the EPQ.


Students must complete their projects, alongside a production log which they complete throughout the year and deliver a presentation about their project at the end. All three of these elements are subject to being marked for their final grade, which they receive the August after submission.
Students are assessed on the evidence which they submit based on the following: Their ability to manage their projects, use resources, develop and realise their plan to a high standard and to review their work throughout. There are 50 marks available, these are marked by the supervisor and subject to internal and external moderation. There are no examinations for the EPQ, but evidence of project, production log and presentation are required to submit.

There is a fixed deadline in April for submission and the project must be the student’s own work.

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Key Stage 3


Students will study performance, composition and listening skills through a variety of topics. In Year 7, the topics are Voice It, Rhythms around the world, Keyboard masterclass, Composing a melody, Film Music and Ensemble skills, Instruments of the Orchestra, Performing as a soloist. In Year 8 students study The Blues, Instruments of the Orchestra, World Music, Composing to a brief and more class ensemble skills.


KS3 Drama encourages the development and application of student imagination, communication and creativity whilst assessing progress in the three essential areas of making, performing and responding in Drama. 
In Year 7 students study Dramatic techniques, Use of voice and ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell. In Year 8, students build on this knowledge through devising, Trestle Theatre, developing a scripted performance and comedy.

Key Stage 4

Performing Arts

This course provides a broad-based approach to the three disciplines of the Performing Arts to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills within dance, drama and music. The vocational context of the qualification is key to effective delivery, and this is provided through project briefs and assignments. 


Music GCSE AQA 4270
Students continue at KS4 to study performing, composing and listening.
Students will perform one solo and one ensemble in Year 11 of the course and they will compose two pieces of music using Music Technology under controlled conditions. At the end of the course students will complete a listening test including set works, currently Haydn: Symphony 101 in D major The Clock, 2nd Movement, YES and The Beatles Sergeant Pepper, With a Little Help from my Friends, Within You, Without You and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

Key Stage 5

Performing Arts BTEC L3

The course was introduced to capitalise on very highly motivated students with a passion for dance, drama and music. It should provide an excellent and broad educational base to enable each student to progress onto either Higher Education/University or employment within the Performing Arts Industries.

This provides a broad-based approach to the three disciplines of the Performing Arts to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills within dance, drama and music. The vocational context of the qualification is key to effective delivery, and this is provided through project briefs and assignments with a collective focus on Musical Theatre.

Music A Level- OCR

Students continue to listen, compose and perform. The A level is run as a linear course and is made up of three units of performing, composing, listening and appraising with a choice whether to major in performance or composition. Students analyse and evaluate familiar and unfamiliar pieces and answer questions based on aural extracts. The curriculum currently focuses in Y13 on Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K.488, 3rd movement and in Y12 on Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61, 1st movement. Popular Song currently focuses in Y13 on Frank Sinatra: (i) I’ve got the world on a string, (ii) They can’t take that away from me, (iii) I’ve got you under my skin, (iv) Come fly with me and in Year 12 Nat King Cole: After Midnight – (i) Caravan, (ii) It’s only a paper moon, (iii) Blame it on my youth, (iv) When I grow too old to dream. Students also write two essays in the exam, one related to Developments in Instrumental Jazz 1910 to the present day and the other related to Programme Music 1820–1910.

Students are encouraged to fully participate in the life of the Music School from the Yamaha Music School through to leading choirs, orchestras and ensembles.

Trips to see live music making are encouraged, with regular visits to the BBC Proms and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.


The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre through performance. You will also be required to write about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights.

You need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama. You may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical side of theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas. Equally you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies.

AS-  Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre: 40% of AS marks and 20% of A2 Unit 2 – Theatre Text in Performance: 60% of AS marks and 30% of A2

A2 - Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance: 40% of AS marks and 20% of A2 Unit 4 – Theatre Text In Context: 60% of AS marks and 30% of A2