General RE/EPQ

Head of EBacc
Mrs C Cane

Anyone who does not opt for A Level Philosophy & Ethics or the Faith in Action Course will follow the General RE course. Typically this is 1 lesson a week and those who are successful will achieve a qualification that is validated by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. General RE is taught across Year 12 & 13 and you will study all of

the modules offered.


• Holocaust (part 1).

• World Religions & Ethics.

• Ethical Theory.

• Practical Ethics (Animal Rights and the Environment).


• Holocaust (part 2).

• Religion & the Media.

• Medical Ethics (Genetic Engineering and IVF). In order to pass the course, you will complete an assessment at the end of each module and have excellent attendance.


You will research on a topic of your choice which is not covered by other qualifications. You can then use this research to produce a dissertation or, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.


The qualification is graded in the same way as all other GCE A Level qualifications.

AO1 Manage (20%)

Identify, design, plan and carry out a project.

AO2 Use Resources (20%)

Research, critically select, organise and use information and select and use a range of resources.

AO3 Develop and Realise (40%)

Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies and problem-solving.

AO4 Review (20%)

Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced project outcomes.

Skill Acquisition and Development

The EPQ aims to give opportunities for you to:

• Demonstrate independent learning.

• Be responsible either for an individual task or

for a defined task within a group project.

• Develop as critical, independent students.

• Gain skills in problem-solving and teamwork.

• Develop your communication skills.

• Demonstrate initiative, creativity and flexibility and applying new technologies.

• Use learning experiences to support your personal aspirations for higher education and career development.


• Cambridge: “We would encourage you to undertake EPQ as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education.”

• Oxford: “Where applicants have undertaken the EPQ, the University will not make this a condition for an offer (as the EP is not a compulsory element of post-16 study) but recognises that the EPQ will provide an applicant with the opportunity to develop research and academic skills relevant for study at Oxford. Candidates are encouraged to draw upon their experience of undertaking the project when writing their personal statement, particularly if the topic is allied to their chosen degree course.”

• UCL: “UCL recognises that EPQ will develop many of the skills necessary for successful study at university. For students presenting A-levels, UCL will be accepting a pass in the Extended Project as an alternative to the need to offer a pass in a fourth subject at AS level."