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The Aspire Section is designed to enhance your academic profile above and beyond the classroom. Interested in top universities, or just really love your subjects, you can extend your skills and learning using the tasks below.
Enrichment activities
Enrichment activities are designed to take place in addition to your studies, they are in a wide range of areas from forensic psychology to football and fitness. Sixth Form students have to select at least one enrichment activity per year – however most of our students chose 2 or 3.

Please click here Enrichment Options to see details of the enrichment options we offer and how to sign up– each term we will ask students to update their choices so you can swap from one activity to another if you want to. Please note if you select football or netball they will run for the full year and you cannot opt out in this time.
EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)
The EPQ is an independent research project which involves writing an essay of 5000 words (that's around 10 typed pages), or creating a product, which might be anything from an art object to an iPhone app.

As the project evolves, you must complete a production log to record specific stages of the project and this also contributes to your project result. The third component of the project is an oral presentation. Generally, the whole process from start to finish takes about 120 hours.

It is a formal 'level 3' qualification that attracts slightly higher UCAS Tariff points than a new AS-Level. EPQ runs from the January of your first year until the following January and during that time you are allocated a tutor to help guide you through the process. More information including how to sign up can be accessed here EPQ Information.

The EPQ is great for enhancing knowledge of a particular subject or demonstrating to universities and employers that you have the necessary skills to be successful.
Aspire Noticeboard
Click here to access the Aspire Noticeboard which will tell you what is coming up over the coming weeks. The noticeboard contains information about academic university Lectures you can visit at local and not so local universities on your favourite subjects, in-house academic guest speakers and academic events you can take part in. All designed to improve your academic profile and build your subject knowledge.
Academic Periodicals
A periodical is a magazine or newspaper published at regular intervals. They are on a range of your A-Level courses and provide additional reading and articles to enhance your subject specifications. You should be reading periodicals regularly for the appropriate subjects. More on Periodicals and how to access them.
SUBJECT-SPECIFIC INDEPENDENT STUDY TASKS
These can be found on the main page and you should complete them to strengthen your skills and knowledge both in school and at home.

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