Achievements & Opportunities
There are five elements to the High Performance Academy Programme, each aiming to contribute to students' learning, and help develop them for future careers and higher education.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The Extended Project Qualification is a project suited to students who are aiming to go to university, as it is similar to a university dissertation and is the equivalent of half an A Level.
Undertaking the EPQ allows you to explore a topic which interests you and present it in the form of a written essay, a project or an artefact. It involves a high level of research and is excellent preparation for the type of independent work you will do in a university environment.
Many universities hold the qualification in high regard, taking it into account during their admissions process. Some universities also provide lower entry requirements for certain courses if students are predicted an A* or A grade in their EPQ.
If you reach the required eligibility you will have the opportunity to attend the prestigious HE+ Programme coordinated by the University of Cambridge and held at Peter Symonds College in Winchester. This is a series of subject-based twilight sessions and also offers a day trip to University of Cambridge.
This is a skill enhancing, thought provoking programme designed to further develop high achievers. Learners are given opportunities to practice skills such as debating and research as well as higher levels skills of analysis and problem solving. We look at current issues, invite guest speakers in to speak to students and offer a high level of individualised support. The programme also involves a high level of guidance and mentoring to support your career aspirations.
If you show particular ability in a subject area, a learning mentor will be assigned to you to provide the subject specific skills, techniques and support you need to achieve high grades.
Many of our High Performance Academy students are encouraged to be involved in extra-curricular college activities. These may include being a part of the Itchen Students’ Union, being a student governor, representing the college as a Student Ambassador or getting involved in the various trips Itchen provides.