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Outstanding Results For EPQ Students

12 September 2014


·Why are bees disappearing?
·What contribution did women make to the American Civil Rights movement?
·What are the ethical issues surrounding zoos?
·Is bulimia nervosa attributable to genetic or environmental factors?


These are just some of the fascinating topics investigated by Year 13 girls recently for their Extended Project Qualification.

The Extended Project Qualification, or EPQ, was introduced by exam boards in 2008 andis worth the equivalent of half an A-level. It is a demanding, research-based qualification which may be taken in addition to A-levels. Students choose a topic to research, then complete a 5,000-word dissertation and give a presentation in front of an audience. The only stipulation is that they must choose a topic outside their main programme of study.

The EPQ is graded in the same way as A Levels. Eight EHS students completed the qualification in May 2014 and we were delighted that Tess Hulton was awarded a well-deserved A*, while four of the girls were awarded an A grade, two a B and one a C.

Three of the top-scoring students chose topics related to their classical studies: Tess Hulton chose to analyse Jean Anouihl's play, 'Antigone', a twentieth century re-working of Sophocles' play of the same name. Alice Dillon investigated the image of Helen of Troy in literature, while Danielle Carrington compared the love poetry of the female Roman poet, Supilcia, with that of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning.

The EPQ requires a high degree of independent learning and research - skills which universities are concerned are lacking in new undergraduates. Hopefully our EPQ students will find they have a valuable head start when they begin their degree studies at university this autumn.

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