Students present their EPQ research
Sixth Form students presented their Extended Project Qualification research this week, to an audience of parents, friends and teachers. Subjects ranged from 1920s jazz and Roman architecture to Artificial Intelligence.
Most students in the Lower Sixth opt to do the EPQ level 3, which allows them to research a subject of their choice. They write a report of around 5,000 words, or create a composition or artefact backed up with paperwork. The EPQ is the equivalent to half an A level and is highly regarded by universities.
One student said: “With the EPQ you don’t just settle for the answers you are given: you read more, ask questions and challenge what you are told. It has also definitely increased my confidence in public speaking.”
Dr Julie Greenhough, Head of and Centre Coordinator for the Extended Project Qualification at St Benedict’s, said: “As the list of titles illustrates, the range of topic areas chosen by our Lower Sixth students is indeed impressive. This serves to illustrate the genuine intellectual curiosity and directed independent learning encouraged by the school.”
2018 EPQ level 3 titles
How is 1920s Jazz different to Classical Music of that time?
How could the Nigerian Civil War/Biafra War of 1967-1970 have been avoided?
Is it possible that fashion trends can be predicted accurately?
Consumer Psychology: How effective is the Placebo Effect and other persuasive techniques in Marketing?
Will analogue technology ever die in the music industry (with additional reference to 'camera film' and Ebook technology)?
To what extent did Margaret Thatcher transform the UK economy between 1979 and 1990?
What was the main factor that affected the way in which J.S.Bach worked and the nature of his works, aside from his personal intellect?
To what extent was British rule positive or negative for India and the Indian people between 1858 and 1947?
What impact could artificial intelligence have on the economy?
How have civil rights activists in the USA progressed black civil rights between the period of 1945-1990?
Despite the recognition of racism in our society today, is it fair to state that TV and Film, targeting Hollywood specifically, has been unable to close the ethnic gap in acting over the past 15 years, hence reflecting racial inequality in our society?
Luis Gomez Rose:
How have scientific training methods in boxing changed from the 1950s to today?
Post Trump, post BREXIT; an evaluation of how these political events may influence trends in fashion in people aged under 30?
A project researching the 'race' to Mars: Who will most likely land on and colonise the red planet first?
How individual technological advances have affected market share within the music industry since 1950.
Does gender stereotyping persist in advertising?
How are the values of progressive Judaism reflected in its food and dietary practices?
Is there a philosophical basis to support the use of performance-enhancing drugs in professional sport?
The Fall and Revival of Vinyl Records
To what extent are mathematical concepts discovered rather than invented?'
An investigation into the creation of brand loyalty
Do tighter gun laws mean less gun violence? (a study of two contrasting US states?’
How did trade develop under the Vikings during the Viking age?
Who should pay for damage caused by climate change?
What are the factors that create Australian national identity and how are they portayed in film?
The Right to be Forgotten: Privacy and Consent in an Age of Data Saturation
Oscar Llinares Perales:
How has the portrayal in artificial intelligence in science fiction films in the 21st centuries changed and developed?
Could the Beatles have come from anywhere other than Liverpool?
To what extent did U.K.I.P. influence the Conservative Party into calling the E.U referendum in the U.K. in 2016?
The Dima Yakovlev Law: Events Leading to its Development and Consideration of its Impact on Orphans in Russia since 1st January 2013 to the Present Day.
To what extent were assassins more than men in the shadows?
Is CTE to blame for the serious crimes committed by those who have later been diagnosed with the disease?
To what extent could the layout and concept of the Ancient Roman baths be used as a model for bathing establishments today?
To what extent does the gut microbiome directly influence Alzheimer's pathogenesis?
To what extent will the Colombian Peace Treaty pacify the country?
Lavinia van Dinter:
Hitler's Contagious Suffering- How Far did Hitler's Drug use cause suffering to him and others whilst he was in power?
How might the USA and China, as the world superpowers in the first half of the 21st Century, respond to population change in the battle for economic supremacy?