St. Mary's

General RE

Areas of Study

Students will spend time in small groups debating a range of ethical, moral, religious and contemporary issues.

January (year 12) –December (year 13)
Students decide whether to complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or a Working With Others qualification (WWO).

January – May (year 13)
Students explore the beliefs and practises of the people around them in a non-examined course.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The EPQ is a project based AS level which can take four forms: A 5000 word essay, an experiment, a performance piece (a monologue, a piece of music or dance etc.) an artefact (a sculpture, a series of paintings, a software package)

Why choose EPQ?

  • UCAS points for University entry.
  • Many universities are looking for students who have completed an extended project. Some admissions tutors may make two alternative offers, one of which involves success in the Extended Project (e.g. Either BBB at A-level or BBC at A-level plus Extended Project).
  • Excellent preparation for working life, or University, as it will develop the skills of research, reflection and independent study skills.
  • You are able to choose your own topic, it is like being able to write your own AS level.

Working with others (WWO)

Students who prefer a less academic course and enjoy contributing to society can choose Working With Others. Students choose a project which will be completed in a group. Options include: tutoring lower school students; volunteering at Woodlands or any other charitable organisation; coordinating a charity event; coaching a football team; organising an extra- curricular activity for younger students etc.

Why choose WWO?

  • You can earn UCAS points.
  • You will have something to include on your personal statement/CV.
  • 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
  • You will develop your skills, gain new interests and hobbies.

Future Opportunities

AN EPQ or WWO qualification will set you apart from other candidates when applying for a place at university, an apprenticeship or a job. Both courses develop skills and show an employer or university admissions tutor or that you are a student who is self-motivated, independent and committed to learning.