Many congratulations to these IPQ (International Project Qualification) students who had fantastic success last year as all five were awarded A*s. They chose a diverse range of topics to investigate including whether America’s use of the atomic bomb against Japan was justified, are serial killers born or made, what makes us human and the impact of social media on teenagers.
The International Project Qualification is an independent study in which the candidate produces a 5000-word essay. These students learnt research skills and utilized study resources like Google Scholar and JSTOR to read and analyse research articles that aided their investigations. They also needed to include a bibliography, incorporate appropriate referencing and write a logical investigation worthy of a small dissertation.
Universities look favourably on students who have completed an IPQ as they have developed the skills needed for an independent research task and those who achieve an A or A* often receive enhanced offers.