The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows students with a particular interest in a certain field or area, to pursue that interest further through conducting a 5000 word research project. Moreover, it allows students to wider their field of interest beyond their A level syllabus. This may explain why universities are increasingly viewing the EPQ with great optimism as it demonstrates a students ability to think critically and research a topic that interests them; all required abilities for success at University. Completing the EPQ has also meant that Universities may now reduce their entry requirements which demonstrates the value that the qualification has.
A key component of the EPQ is that in addition to the 5000 word write up is a presentation to their fellow peers which brings all their research together. It also allows fellow peers and senior teachers perhaps gain further insight into an issue that the student is interested in.
This years cohort of students were as followed:
Eric Twigg ; “Obama, hope we can”
Ellie-May Cole ; “How justified is it to say that schizophrenic offenders should be punished rather than receive psychiatric treatment?”
Bridget Bonsi ; “Investigating the effects and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in a Developed and Developing country – UK and Ghana”
Julia Lenkiewicz ; “Why has the treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme proven so challenging and what path should medicine follow to resolve this?”
Ibtisam Wagar ; “To compare the efficacy of synthetic and biologic DMARDS in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis”.
Gauri Kaushal ; “Did the Indian economy decline in the years 1757 – 1949 and what role did Britain have in this?”
Both the Centre supervisor and coordinator were very impressed by the level of effort that went in to the presentations.
We wish all the Students who took part the best for the future!