Core Curriculum Sixth Form
Head of Department: Mrs K Hancock.
The main aims of the Core Curriculum for the Sixth Form are to provide academic breadth and to develop key skills essential for the student's future. In an increasingly competitive world these options also aim to enhance a student's University application or curriculum vitae.
In the February of the Fifth Form, as well as being asked to choose three principal A-level subjects, students are invited to choose from a range of Core Curriculum options.
Below is a brief summary of the options available for the academic year 2016/17. Click on the links for further information on each option.
Global Perspectives and Research
The Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Independent Research (GPR) is a new course for 2016/17 at Epsom College which has been designed to allow students to develop the key skills of critical thinking, research, analysis and communication that they will need in the Sixth Form and beyond. This is a two year course and students write a 2000 word essay, complete a presentation and sit a written paper in the November of the Upper Sixth and then complete a research report on a topic of their choice for submission in June of the Upper Sixth. Read more.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
A level 3 qualification equivalent to half an A level where students research a topic of their particular interest to produce a dissertation or artefact and research report together with delivering a presentation and submitting a project log. The emphasis of the EPQ is on autonomy and the ability to manage a research project and the course runs from September to May of the Lower Sixth. Read more.
Students wishing to pursue their studies in English without taking a full A level may opt to take the United States College Board Advanced Placement (AP) qualification in English Language and Composition. Students learn to analyse and interpret imaginative literature through the careful reading and critical analysis and interpretation of representative works from various genres and periods. Read more.
Students for whom it is neither essential nor appropriate to opt to take Mathematics as a principal A-level subject may choose Mathematics as their Core Curriculum option. The course offered is the Edexcel Level 3 Mathematics in Context qualification. This course runs over two years with assessment in the summer of the Upper Sixth. Read more.Modern Foreign Languages
Students may choose to continue to learn and develop their use of a foreign language and improve their ability to communicate both orally and verbally. These options are all equivalent to AS or above and therefore are only available to those students who have successfully completed a level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) qualification in their chosen language.
The languages and qualifications offered, subject to demand are:
- French - CEFR - CIEP DELF B2 Junior
- German - CEFR - DAF B2
- Spanish - CEFR - DELE B2
- Mandarin - HSK Level 4
Each option shall be taught over 3 periods per week for four terms with assessment taken in the November or January sessions of the Upper Sixth. All courses are graded pass or fail and each qualification is internationally recognised and valid for life. All of the language options are also available to those students wishing to pursue a language as one of their Principal Subjects.
The CEFR qualifications in French, German and Spanish each give access to undergraduate courses at European universities without requiring a further language test, and hence without fees.
The HSK level 4 also gives access to undergraduate courses at Chinese universities without requiring a language test and hence without fees. Read more.Young Enterprise
Young Enterprise is a national education charity (http://www.young-enterprise.org.uk) founded in 1963 to forge links between schools and industry.
YE has proven to be a popular addition to studies in the Lower Sixth as it gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in running a business and acquire valuable skills such as communication, managing time and working with others. Students are able to enter for national and international YE competitions. Read more.