Sixth Formers Hone Research Techniques

Students posing with their certificates after their completion of the ten-week course

At Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, our first year students recently took a deep dive into some of the most significant issues facing society today. This opportunity arose thanks to a new initiative run by the University of Winchester. The students were fortunate enough to present their findings at a special event hosted by the University.

At Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, our first year students recently took a deep dive into some of the most significant issues facing society today. This opportunity arose thanks to a new initiative run by the University of Winchester. The students were fortunate enough to present their findings at a special event hosted by the University.

This year, fourteen students formed the cohort to participate in the ‘Group Project in Interdisciplinary Learning’ programme. Over a ten-week course, they were challenged to research a topic, conduct surveys, and write comprehensive reports before delivering presentations which included videos, slides, and posters.

The programme was designed not only to improve research and analytical skills but also to enhance teamwork, planning, and problem-solving abilities. Throughout the course, our students visited the University for advisory sessions with academics. During these sessions they were provided with invaluable guidance.

Our students formed five teams to present on a range of thought-provoking topics:

  • Artificial Organs – Saviour or Scourge of Modern Medicine? Zion Brown, Maciej Dalek, and Jayeden Clauer examined the potential for artificial organs to meet transplant demands, discussing medical benefits alongside ethical, legal, and religious concerns.
  • Shemima Begum Jess Drake, Chris Cowdrill, and Carlos D’Espagnac explored whether the teenager who joined ISIS in Syria was a victim of radicalisation that was too young to make informed decisions, and debated her statelessness.
  • Did Social Media Usage Change due to the Covid-19 Pandemic? Maggie O’Brien, Sunny Mok, and Bradley Coombs investigated the surge in TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram use during lockdown and its impact on society.
  • The Effects of Video Games Raha Radparvar and Kiyana Youssefi-Fard highlighted both the negative and positive aspects of video gaming, including its potential for addiction and benefits for mental health.
  • Fast Fashion Zukhra Armakayeva, Katie Ilsley, and Maisie Couldwell assessed the environmental damage caused by cheap fashion and rampant consumerism, advocating for higher-quality, long-lasting clothing.

Our students presented their work to peers and a panel. The panel included Principal of Barton Peveril, Rob Temple; Interdisciplinary Learning Coordinator, Sarah Roberts; Director of Curriculum, Anthony Pagett; and University Pro-Vice Chancellor, Sam Jones. Following their presentations, each group answered questions from the panel and audience.

Sam Jones commended our students, saying: “Watching the students grow in confidence has been fantastic. They’ve gained valuable skills that will benefit them in higher education and their careers. Our collaboration with Barton Peveril aligns with our commitment to student success.”

The Principal of Barton Peveril, Rob Temple, added: “This initiative allows our students to go beyond the curriculum, tackling challenging societal, political, and cultural issues. Collaboration and clear articulation of ideas are crucial employability skills, and we appreciate the University of Winchester’s support in this project.”

We are proud to announce that each of our students received a certificate recognising their completion of the course, which will be a valuable addition to their university applications alongside their A-level results.

The Interdisciplinary Learning Course is all about bringing together people with different areas of knowledge and perspectives in order to solve a global problem. Join a 12 week course where you will work collaboratively in groups to explore a variety of complex interdisciplinary issues. Students will explore issues around sustainability, health, AI, social media, the future,education etc. Students will have guided sessions where visiting speakers will introduce scenarios for you to grapple with and you will develop important transferable skills valued by employers and higher education. Students will then work on a group project of their choice and present their findings at Winchester University to a panel who will give feedback. A certificate of participation will be given to all students in the course from Winchester University and Barton Peveril Sixth Form College. The course runs twice a year, for which students will attend one session a week for one term. 

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