Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in edtech

Birmingham students celebrate EPQ success

30 pupils from Arthur Terry have gained the Extended Project Qualification, each required to undertake a minimum 90 hours of independent research

Posted by Julian Owen | June 06, 2018 | School life

Hardworking Arthur Terry students have gained an advanced qualification - the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - that showcases their independent research skills and enriches learning. More than 30 year 12 students were commended on their work at a presentation evening at the school, where they celebrated their success with Councillor Meirion Jenkins.

The EPQ is designed to equip students will the skills needed at undergraduate level in university, particularly independent research and reconciling various (and sometimes contradictory) sources of research. Students can choose their own topics and the range covered was very wide, including science, modern culture, business, finance and politics. As opposed to A Level teaching, which is guided by supportive teaching staff, the EPQ requires students to undertake a minimum of 90 hours of independent research into a topic that sparks their imaginations.

Councillor Jenkins said: “This was a great evening, with the chance to talk with students about these fascinating and challenging topics. I’m sure that the EPQ work will be a great help in preparing students for higher education.”

The EPQ enables students to showcase resilience, sustained drive and the ability to direct their own learning

The students have been able to utilise both the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University (BCU) databases, how to reference correctly, and to prepare academically written final evaluative pieces. They earn the equivalent of half an A Level in terms of UCAS points.

Alex Zarifeh, Director of Sixth Form, added: “The students have worked so hard, for so long, on these projects. It was great to have Councillor Jenkins with us to celebrate their collective success! The EPQ is a qualification we are proud to offer our students at the Arthur Terry Sixth Form, that enables students to showcase resilience, sustained drive and the ability to direct their own learning. We can’t wait to see what next year’s students decide to investigate!”

During the presentation evening, Councillor Jenkins met with students to discuss the wide-ranging topics, which included the use of autonomous vehicles, from Joel McHale; emergence of cryptocurrencies, from Fahad Ali; the extent to which LGBTQ+ people are more likely to suffer mental health issues, from Elliot Perlic; abortion laws in Northern Ireland, from Georgia Garrad; factors influencing the gross revenues from motion pictures, from Abby Hammond; the use of bibliotherapy (reading of books) to help mental health problems, from Hannah Knight; the rise of the denim revolution in fashion, from Maria Lane; and an investigation into the Mozart Effect ('Can classical music really improve your IQ?'), from Ceana Edgar.

 

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in edtech

Related stories

Bournemouth students trawl their back pages

Blackfriars FE students 'stun' outdoor adventure instructors

The latest issue of UB magazine is out now!

Market place - view all

Fitness Warehouse

If you are searching for high quality commercial gym equipment, loo...

Raging Bull

Rugby heritage clothing brand; brought to you by Rugby Legend Phil ...

Leafield Environmental

A specialist range of recycling bins and litter bins for external a...