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Dauntsey’s celebrates EPQ results

Published Thursday 7th of March 2019 01:31:07 PM

Upper Sixth Formers and staff at Dauntsey’s are celebrating a superb set of Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results with eight pupils attaining an A* and 85% gaining A*-B grades. Pupils picked a topic of personal interest at the start of the Autumn term, then carried out more than 90 hours of research during the academic year, before writing a 5,000-word report, or creating an artefact, and giving a presentation. Patrick Ost, Teacher responsible for the EPQ at Dauntsey’s, said: “With its emphasis on independent research, self-motivation and organisation, the EPQ is highly regarded by universities and completing the course is an achievement in itself. We are very pleased with these results and there can be little doubt that the pupils’ hard work, time and dedication has paid off. “All 39 pupils who saw the EPQ through from start to finish, in a very tight time frame (whilst also studying three or four A Levels and balancing other co-curricular commitments) can be justifiably proud of what they have achieved.” The pupils’ project topics underline the breadth of academic curiosity at Dauntsey’s. Topics included: • Battle of Lenningrad - who won? • What was the most significant factor in Scipio's military success? • Is the fashion Industry ethical? • The effect of Olympic corruption • Halting the decline of the UKs Raptor Population • Regionalism in Spanish Football Rivalries • Acupuncture as a treatment for depression • The Prevalence of Moari Language in the NZ Education System Artefacts included a siblings of diabetics pamphlet, a woodcarving presentation and a strength and conditioning website. Notes to Editors: The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a qualification taken by some students in the United Kingdom and was devised by Sir Mike Tomlinson in 2006, during his review of 16- to 19-year-olds' education. It provides an exciting opportunity for pupils to extend their abilities beyond the A Level syllabus and prepare for university-level study. It is worth more university entrance points than an AS qualification, with the top grade of an A* valued at 28 points compared to 20 points for the top grade of an A at AS level. The EPQ takes the form of either a dissertation, usually of 5,000 words, or a number of other forms: a musical or dramatical composition, report or artefact, backed up with paperwork. There is no restriction on the topic chosen or the mode of final exposition: it can be a dissertation, investigation/field study, performance or artefact. For further information about Dauntsey’s, go to www.dauntseys.org or follow us on Twitter at Dauntsey’s@DauntseysSchool.
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