EPQ Awards

Four students brought their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) masterpieces into Peter Symonds College to show their generous sponsors, The Symondians’ Association, what their grant had helped them create.

The Extended Project (EPQ) is an additional qualification equivalent to half an A level. It is a flexible award allowing students to work to their strengths, by giving them the opportunity to choose to either produce a dissertation, an investigation report, a performance, an event, a design, or an object.

Last year The Symondians’ Association awarded the EPQ Department £500 to help the 2017-18 students embarking on costly projects. This year they have generously pledged double that, donating the department £1000 towards the costs of artefact projects undertaken by the 2018-19 cohort of students.

The Symondians’ Association, founded in 1911, provides a focus for ex-pupils/students and teachers to keep in touch and meet at a series of social and sporting events. The Association also works with the College to provide support for specific departmental initiatives and occasionally individual students.

The students’ EPQ projects were completed in December 2017.The students whose projects benefited from The Symondians’ grant brought their remarkable finished projects in, to display and explain a little about their construction to the Association.

Amongst the projects were high tech gadgets such as a 3D printer, created by Ewan White, allowing him to print vases, animals and a BB-8 droid, and a 6-Axis robotic arm, built by Angus French. George Everdell built a road bike and Honor Clinton learnt about mechanical engineering techniques so that she could build a drive-train to fit a longboard.

Ewan, who plans to study Electrical Engineering at Southampton University in September said: “Doing an Artefact EPQ was great as it shows to universities that I have applied the theory I've learnt in lessons. The Symondians’ donation allowed me to take the project much further than initially planned, resulting in very successful final piece.”

Said Sabina Lowe, Head of EPQ: “The Extended Project Qualification gives our students the opportunity to develop skills that prepare them for university and for employment. Students planning design or engineering careers often undertake a practical project but these can be expensive.”

Undertaking an Extended Project improves students' skills in time management, academic writing, referencing and critical analysis.In previous years, over 80% of Peter Symonds students have achieved A*, A or B grades in their Extended Project.

Students often choose a project topic related to their future studies at university or their career aspirations and the qualification is valued by universities and employers.

Posted on 08/02/18 at 16:45

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