EPQ topics at St Mary's are diverse, innovative and challenging. Here is just a flavour of some of the recent themes covered by our students:
Photographing life in lockdown versus life out of lockdown
The mental health and social impact of Covid-19 on individuals with Autism
Research fashion by decade with a view to designing an outfit based on these genres
A beginner’s guide to British law and politics
How does social media affect people?
Designing and building a Garden Hut
Research in supporting individuals with speech and language impairment using augmentative and alternative communication tools to communicate
Designing and creating a sustainable wedding dress
My origin - an exploration of inheritance and culture
Guide to the season six technical challenges of The Great British Bake Off
Designing and producing diamond jewellery
The study, design, realisation and sale of effective medical masks
Creating an edited film using raw footage to show an improvement in my skills in post-production
The difference between an endurance runner and a sprinter – including following and completing a half marathon
Using social media to promote mental health and mental disorders like Dissociative Identity Disorder
The effect of Covid-19 in LIDCs – (low income developing countries)
How Covid-19 has impacted UK charity clothing shops
Creating a guide to the Iranian hostage crisis
Creating a low cost cook book
The use of colour in interior design
To what extent can someone with a full life with Sickle Cell Disease?
Creation of a zero waste cook book
Is cosmetic dentistry ethical?
What made the West African Ebola epidemic (2013-2016) the worst ever in history?
Designing and knitting a reusable plastic bag out of single-use plastic bags
The decline of languages
“University admissions officers hold the EPQ qualification in extremely high regard.The primary, and enduring, benefit of the project, however, is the key skills the girls develop simply by working through the project process. For university admissions officers, future employers and colleagues, and even for the girls themselves, these skills are invaluable.” St Mary's Sixth Form EPQ Co-ordinator
“Students could use their project at interview stage and/or in their UCAS personal statement. Certain courses at the University will count ‘A’ grades achieved in the extended project towards their entry criteria.” University of Southampton
"The EPQ is a definite strength in an application. It can create the heartland of a personal statement and give it depth and substance.” Sheila Cosgrove, University of York, Admissions Administrator