Sixth Form pupil Adrien Joly chose to investigate the likelihood of a currency crisis in Turkey for his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in his lower sixth year. At Winchester all pupils in the lower sixth study for an EPQ alongside their A-level choices. This year-long independent research project gives individuals the freedom to pursue their own interests, with the support of an academic mentor and dedicated research skills teaching. The EPQ empowers students to embrace the demands of independent study, allowing them to become experts in their areas of interest, and as a result is highly valued by universities.
While researching his EPQ, Adrien evaluated the economic and geopolitical implications of a potential currency crisis in Turkey, analysing the country's economy using macroeconomic data to predict which factors could lead to such an event, and reflecting on the implications of Turkey potentially requiring financial assistance from China and/or Russia.
Tom Quayle, Head of Sixth Form at Winchester, comments: “Adrien’s EPQ was a sophisticated, scholarly piece of work, packed with interesting facts, graphs and figures to help make sense of his evaluation. It married up technical complexity with a clear interest in the bigger picture: what would happen if Turkey defaulted? How might the balance of power shift in the Middle East? Who would come to the rescue? All of these are the sorts of things you’d expect to see at undergraduate level, and that’s what the EPQ allows: the ability to really get under the surface of a problem or project, to take it way beyond the curriculum.”
Adrien adds: “I loved the process of constantly wanting to take my work to the next level; being able to produce, with the help and advice of many people, more than was asked of me. The research I undertook allowed me to go in many different directions, and highlighted the importance of never ignoring the lessons of history, geography and politics of a country to answer a question like this."
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