It’s been a big week for our Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) pupils who presented their results to an audience of more than 60 guests at a special presentation on Tuesday (1st October).
The presentations formed the final part of the EPQ assessment for our latest cohort of 37 Upper Sixth pupils, and guests included governors, teachers, parents, friends and family.
The EPQ requires pupils to learn and master independent working skills, on a par with those expected at university, and most do this in the context of writing a dissertation of five thousand words on a topic or hypothesis of their own choosing. It is recognised by universities and UCAS as half an A Level.
As part of the assessment, each pupil had to create a display to show the following:
– Introductory and background information
– The content and findings of their dissertation
– A reflection and self-review
– An account of the tools and skills they had mastered throughout the process.
Alongside their posters, pupils displayed their notes, workbooks and materials that have aided them in their work, as well as bounded copies of their final dissertation.
During the event, guests were able to question the students on the content and findings of their work as well as questions on how they felt they had developed as learners and researchers, the tools they used, key decision points, and so on. The pupils had no advance warning of the questions that would be asked, so had to think on their feet and respond accordingly. Students were also questioned by their supervisor.
In terms of the projects presented, we had a wonderful variety including:
– Can the NHS improve how it handles the obesity epidemic and conditions that are caused by it?
– What has been the most influential factor in the decrease of military mortality rates, as a result of improved trauma medicine since the start of the War on Terror?
– Are the moral messages portrayed in the Classic Disney Princess films more important than the gender stereotypes?
– Is the legacy of the British Empire mainly positive or negative?
– Has the increase in the wages and value placed on women within the organisation of Duke University’s female athletics program led to a disparity in success between it and similar programs?
Can I design and create a Website to promote a business? (the student designed and implemented a website for a local bakery which is now in use to sell the cakes)
Claire Brown, EPQ Coordinator said: “Once again I have been impressed by the range of topics tackled by our Upper Sixth and the effort which has gone into producing their final EPQ dissertations. All the students were able to speak confidently about their findings and explain their projects to the different visitors over the course of the evening.”
Well done to all involved and thank you to everyone who came along to support our EPQ pupils.