Bury Grammar Schools

Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)

The HPQ is a Level 2 qualification (GCSE Level) which is offered to all pupils in Year 10.
It provides pupils with the opportunity develop and extend from one or more of their GCSE subjects or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their GCSEs. It will be based on a topic chosen by the pupil and agreed as appropriate by the school. The HPQ largely consists of a piece of independent work.
undertaken by the pupil. This work will be guided and monitored by the pupil’s supervisor, monitored by the Centre Coordinator and internally assessed by the centre.
There are a number of benefits to completing an HPQ:
1. It is valuable in terms of learning time management, research skills, evaluation/analysis and reflection on the academic ‘journey’;
2. It enables pupils to take control of their own learning and research an area of interest that is outside the normal programme of study;
3. Instils a sense of intellectual curiosity and scholarly skills required for success in Sixth Form and beyond;
4. Fosters independence and confidence in investigative research – crucial in securing academic success at GCSE and A Level.