Would Leonardo da Vinci be considered a scientist by modern standards? With society becoming ever more driven on productivity, how important is sleep? How has conflict affected the healthcare systems in Palestine and Kurdistan? These are just some of the questions that our EPQ students will be exploring during their practise presentations this week.
The EPQ allows students to explore a topic of their own choice in real detail, at an A-level standard, or even beyond. It is a qualification with obvious benefits in terms of gaining additional UCAS points, but on a more general level, it is praised by universities for encouraging independent, in-depth research, and for helping pupils to develop public speaking, communication and visual presentation skills. We have been delighted with the standard of EPQ achievement at Westonbirt with many A and A* grades and one student recently awarded 100% at this qualification.
Westonbirt Sixth Formers enjoy a double lesson of EPQ each week, in which ideas for independent learning are explored, discussed and developed. In the short term, this leads to an essay, to be handed in before October Half Term on any subject they wish. In the second half of the term, much more emphasis is placed on the ability to understand and develop logical reasoning, open and closed arguments, the differences between describing, analysing and evaluating and creating mind maps.
Head of Classic, Mr Holland runs the EPQ qualification and says of the programme;
“We are delighted with how well our candidates achieve at EPQ. Last year, we entered a large cohort and the school was praised by the exam board for the variety and originality of the topics chosen. Among the top grades were As and A*s with one student achieving an extraordinary 100% in her final mark for her project on malaria and vaccination.”