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EPQ Celebration Evening 2024

25 Jan 2024

We thoroughly enjoyed hosting our Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) Celebration Evening last night, welcoming parents and the Lower Sixth to hear first-hand about several of our students’ fascinating research projects.

Five Upper Sixth students presented their findings to a packed Big School, explaining the reasoning behind their projects, any challenges they found throughout, their findings and conclusions as well as providing useful advice to their peers in the year below who are considering studying an EPQ or who are already on their EPQ journeys.

An EPQ is an A-level standard standalone qualification designed to extend and develop students’ abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career. It allows students to lead their own projects, planning and carrying out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications.

Starting off proceedings, Charlie H weighed up the pros and cons of airborne forces as to whether they are obsolete or not. As part of his research, Charlie considered several WW2 and post-WW2 case studies, combined with interviews from current serving personnel.

Next, Noah W linked medicine with rugby as he explored how shoulder dislocations can be treated and reduced in rugby, drawing on his own personal experiences of the subject, following two such dislocations in recent years.

Adele D’s thought-provoking presentation questioned why there isn’t an irreversible contraceptive available for men, as she delved into the under expressed topic exploring the religious ideology and created a podcast involving two industry professionals as part of her research.

In the penultimate presentation, James C’s research looked at the history of schizophrenia, including treatments over time, causes, patient happiness in the past and present as well as treatments and their effectiveness.

Rounding off a wonderful evening, Head Boy Daniel N shared his findings from his essay which explored how the past relationships between China and Taiwan have led to increased geo-political, social and economic tension, and the potential, damning impact that any conflict today could have on the rest of the world.

Well done to all speakers, who delivered amazing presentations, and we wish all 22 of this year’s cohort studying towards their EPQs every success.

Our thanks to Mr Forsyth, Head of EPQ at Barney, for his efforts supporting our students and for organising the event. Similarly, we would like to thank all EPQ supervisors for their continued enthusiasm. Last, but certainly not least, many thanks to Barney’s Events, Catering and Maintenance staff for delivering such an amazing spectacle.

To learn more about Barney’s Sixth Form offering, and the vast benefits of an EPQ, we are hosting a Sixth Form Information Evening on Tuesday, 27 February 2024. For further details and to register your interest, visit the link below:

Open Events – Barnard Castle School