Students go the extra mile for qualification
SIXTH form students at King’s School in Macclesfield presented the hard work they put into projects to finish their A-levels with an extra qualification.
They each chose a project and worked on it for around 120 hours to get the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
Introduced in 2008, it is part of the AQA Baccalaureate that aims to give pupils a more academic education on top of their A-levels.
A total of 43 students exhibited their work on various topics, ranging from revolutionary painting techniques to shock absorbers in earthquake zones.
Rebecca Sparks examined how the ‘golden ratio’ in facial features and a person’s body height can influence pay levels.
The 17-year-old said: “It’s a dangerous social conditioning. Women in particular but also men, who have this ratio, have been found to earn £1,000 more for identical work. And it’s also believed you can add the same amount each year in average earnings for every inch in height.”
Beth Talbot, 18, on the other hand, looked at the Industrial Revolution and whether it benefited the working class.
“There was great suffering but it did also see the beginnings of the National Health Service and Trade Unions,” she said.
●● Rachel, Ben and Emily, of All Hallows Catholic High School Macclesfield, and Rotarian Eric Cowcill, organiser of the Youth Speaks Competition
●● Student Beth Talbot with her work on the Industrial Revolution