Aspire students at Huddersfield New College have the opportunity to study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Today, our second year Aspire students met to work on their projects under the guidance of their EPQ Supervisor, who will be working with them for the rest of the academic year to support them in completing their project. Over the summer, students were tasked with researching ideas for their project, and this session was aimed at consolidating their research and settling upon a project title and hypothesis.  


The Aspire programme is designed to support students with the potential to successfully apply for world leading universities, allowing them to gain skills and experiences that will enable them to succeed. Studied as a fourth option, an EPQ is worth the equivalent of half an A Level, and is looked upon favourably by universities and employers alike. It is a particularly useful qualification for those aiming for Russell Group universities or those hoping to gain a place on a competitive course such as medicine. EPQs support progression by helping to build skills in areas such as reasoning and critical thinking, and helps to develop skills in essay-based writing which has a positive impact on achievement across students’ study programmes.


We have a long and successful history of students completing the EPQ. Ethan Price studied A Levels in History (A), Classical Civilisation (A*) and Graphic Communication (A) and also undertook an EPQ, basing his project on the Crusades, gaining an additional A grade. Ethan said “I loved the opportunity to explore my passion for Medieval History as a part of my wider study programme at HNC. Taking part in the EPQ programme and focusing on the Crusades really allowed me to maximise my chances of being successful in gaining a place at the University of York to read History. The skills I learnt during my EPQ support sessions not only allowed me to achieve an A grade, it also provided me with the skills to achieve the top grades across my other subjects. I feel confident and equipped to move on to university!”


Scott Townshend, Aspire Programme Lead, says “The EPQ is a challenging and worthwhile addition to our Aspire students’ study programmes. The benefits of this additional qualification are priceless, and we see a genuinely positive impact on our students, from the grades they achieve across the rest of their study programmes, to securing their desired destination post-HNC. Our full support package for the EPQ and wider Aspire programmes mean that our students are able to achieve their very best grades, and I am really excited to work with this year’s group and hear about their project topic choices”.


If you’re a high achieving student and thinking of joining HNC in September 2020, visit us for our Open Evening on 24th October 2019. You can meet our Aspire Lead and discover how opting for an EPQ will not only allow you to explore a topic of interest, but also help you to be stretched and challenged and gain a competitive edge.