Stu­dents go the ex­tra mile for qual­i­fi­ca­tion

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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