EPQ - Extended Project Qualifications 2016-2017
The Extended Project aims to inspire, enthuse and motivate students by providing learners with the skills that Higher Education institutions and employers look for through the encouragement of independent study. It gives pupils the opportunity to pursue an area of study of their choice. This can be an extension of an area of the syllabus that has captured their interest or something outside the curriculum they have a curiosity in.
This year the titles are highly varied, and the Showcase evening on the 20th January will offer a glimpse into some of the topics pupils have chosen. Click on the links below to see more details from each pupil.
To view the topics studied in 2015-2016 please click here.
Cryptography is one of the most important topics of today and yet it is rarely publicly discussed. This study follows the development of cryptography through modern times and present some of the challenges that face the world in times ahead.
Malet Street Gardens: Re-instating the Relic
With the imminent threat of the Second World War, there was a major shift in the perception of London's "public" parks. Across Bloomsburg, the iron railings that delineated the terms of access of these spaces were extracted for the production of weapons. At the close of the war and as part of the "Greater London Plan of 1944", each of the green spaces were re-encased in iron. However, due to a number of site-specific idiosyncrasies, one was not: Malet Street Gardens.
My project is based on uncovering the historical layers to Malet Street Gardens and reinstating the removed characteristics to the still unaware public eye. My architectural based project has been inspired by many different aspiring architects including (but not limited to) Narinder Sagoo, CJ Lim, Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid. The final artefact as shown in these pictures, is my “Trojan Elephant hotel” model that forms the basis of my surrealistic-themed project.
Interstellar Space Travel
Ever since the first lunar landings space exploration has become increasingly important to the future of our world and now we have ambitions to explore beyond our solar system and to inhabit other planets in the universe. Therefore it is vital that we have a viable and efficient method of deep space travel.
In my EPQ I have explored the most promising theories for interstellar space travel and evaluated how close we actually are to them becoming a reality.
Latin American and African American Protest Music
My extended project compares the evolution and importance of Latin-American and African-American protest music throughout history, studying the most powerful musicians and the fundamental movements that were being protested in these two regions - such as the Civil Rights movement and US imperialism in South America.
The Horseshoe Theory
My project is focused upon the Horseshoe Theory of the political spectrum. This theory challenges the conventional left-right linear continuum and states that the two extreme ends of the spectrum are closer in their nature than they are different. This theory can be legitimised by a comparison between the regimes of Hitler and Stalin.
Architectural Change in the City of London
My EPQ is aimed at addressing the question of what is driving architectural change and growth in the City of London. Is this change born out of a reflection on global architectural movements or does London follow its own path, reflecting the changing nature and purpose of the city since its inception?
How the Reformation Changed the World
The recent Brexit vote has sent us on a path that distances us from Europe. But this is not the first time that something like this has occurred. In the 1500s, Henry VIII’s actions separated us from the ruling Catholic Church.
This event, known as the Reformation, had a massive impact on English society. In my project, I aim to understand exactly how England – and the world – was changed as a result of The Reformation.
Are Jane Austen’s Male Characters the Real Heroes of Her Stories?
Jane Austen is one of the world's most celebrated authors who has created several famous literary heroines, for example, Elizabeth Bennet from ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Emma Woodhouse from ‘Emma’. My project, however, concentrates on the arguably less well-known male characters of 'Emma', 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Mansfield Park' and 'Persuasion' and debates whether it is actually the central male characters who are the true heroes of the story.
Game Theory and Strategic Thinking
My project is on the teachings of game theory and strategic thinking. I have aimed to create a guide explaining some of the fundamentals of game theory in a non-technical way, whilst including information about the origin of game theory and its uses; historically and in our world today.
How Film Production Techniques can Promote a Positive Effect on an Audience
Nicholas Sparks novels have adapted into award winning films, with the repetitive genre of romance being the main focus. Through the exploration of two popular films, Dear John being slightly more modern, I research the similar conventions each producer uses to maintain the same positive effect on the audience. Focusing on trailers, I evaluate the techniques used, which I use to produce my own trailer to show what I have learnt.
Are Psychopaths Created through Nature or Nurture?
My project looks into a deeper understanding of what goes on in the brain of someone who kills and the journey of events that led them to their violent outcomes.
The question up for debate is if a psychopaths are created through nature or nurture and through psychoanalysing well known murderers, I will share with you my own personal conclusion.
The Effect of 1960’s Music on Culture and Society
My project is on the music of the 1960s, and its effect on culture and society. With such luminaries as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and The Beach Boys, the '60s are seen as the point at which popular music became truly important in culture, with its links to civil rights, the Vietnam War, and the counterculture movement.
The Effects of Addison’s Disease
I have researched how Addison's disease (a condition where the body lacks the hormone, cortisol) affects the body.
I looked at how it affects the main organs and how symptoms also affect a patient, as well as looking at some of the ways it affects an Addisonian mentally as well as physically.
Has US Foreign Policy Led to a Failure of Democracy in the Middle East?
The United States is unique amongst all nations in publicly and consistently declaring its foreign policy to be the spread of democracy in the world. This is particularly the case in the Middle East. When the Bush Administration did not discover WMDs after the 2003 invasion, they quickly switched to the rationale of building democracy in Iraq and indeed the region. My project investigates the evidence as to whether this lofty aim has indeed been the driving force behind the US’ actions in the region over the last 60 years.
Action in Animation
Animation has been something that artists have been demonstrating since cave paintings. It is a media that has continued to develop worldwide and one that has exploded in popularity and accessibility in recent decades.
Having grown a personal interest in animation, I wish to test the plausibility and difficulty of translating the scenes I’ve had planned for years into a medium that others can see.
The Causes of the Soviet-US Arms Race
My project attempts to understand and evaluate the causes of the Soviet-US nuclear arms race and how the interests of the two superpowers can be illustrated through game theory. I use the prisoner's dilemma and the concept of a perceptual dilemma to explore the limitations that the nations faced in disarming, despite both preferring this outcome.