Sixth Form EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) students from Newton Abbot College took to the College’s New Hall on Monday 23 April to showcase the product of their studies.
Following nine months of identifying sound subject matter, research, essay preparation and writing, the Year 13 students presented their work to fellow students, family, friends and staff. The popular year-long course, equal to half an A Level qualification, allows students free rein to choose an area of interest of their choice and conduct 90 hours of research to produce a 5,000 word essay or 1,000 and accompanying supportive artefact.
This year’s finished pieces saw students tackling a huge variety of subjects, including ‘Why is there a shortage in male primary school teachers and what is the impact on children’s outcomes?’, ‘How and why has the horror film genre changed over a 100 year period?’ and ‘What makes a psychopath?’. Visitors to the event had the opportunity to read more about students’ ideas and work and talk to them about their ideas, process and conclusions.
EPQ student, Pheobe Davidson, said of the event: “It was a great opportunity to show people our final pieces and the processes involved. Students from younger years also came along and we were able to give them tips about the course and encourage them to take the subject in Sixth Form.”
Teacher of EPQ, Natasha Martin, was pleased with the event: “Working with this year’s EPQ cohort has been a pleasure. I was delighted by the professional way they presented themselves and hugely impressed by the expertise they were able to demonstrate during their presentations. Each of them had truly embraced the spirit of the EPQ by choosing a topic they were passionate about, and their passion really shone through on the evening. The evening was a fantastic opportunity for students to show off all their hard work to their peers and staff; it felt like a real celebration of the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work. The students involved should be very proud of themselves, as I am of them.”