Stu­dents’ ex­tra re­search helps boost their univer­sity choices

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

EURO­PEAN Union diplo­macy, a sym­phony with four min­utes of si­lence and a study of male and fe­male crim­i­nals were among ar­eas King’s School stu­dents re­searched as part of their Ex­tended Stud­ies.

All sixth form stu­dents have to work be­yond the cur­ricu­lum to de­velop skills nor­mal class­room ed­u­ca­tion does not cover.

The Ex­tended Stud­ies pro­gramme is a stand alone qual­i­fi­ca­tion which forms part of the AQA Bac­calau­re­ate, with the stu­dent spend­ing 120 hours work­ing in­de­pen­dently on a project of their choice.

Kira Noad, 17, from Mac­cles­field, stud­ied why men were more likely to com­mit crime than women.

Kira, who wants to read psy­chol­ogy at univer­sity, said: “What I found is that it comes down to both na­ture and nur­ture.

“Men have more testos­terone, which makes them act more ag­gres­sively but they are also trained from an early age to be the hunter gath­ers, while women are seen as car­ers.

“That is prob­a­bly why women ap­pear to be treated more le­niently in court as well.”

Mean­while, Bren­dan Ja­cot, 18, from Sut­ton chose to ex­am­ine ‘The ef­fec­tive­ness of EU diplo­macy in in­flu­enc­ing global politics’, while mu­si­cian Will Fox, 18, from Rainow, looked at John Cage’s 4 min­utes 33 sec­onds, where the or­ches­tra en­ters the room but doesn’t play a sin­gle note.

Zoe Rich­mond, 17, from Tyther­ing­ton, asked whether Ger­man No­bel win­ning chemist Fritz Haber was a saint or a sin­ner.

Ben White, King’s Busi­ness and Eco­nomics teacher who runs the Ex­tended Stud­ies pro­gramme, praised the hard work of the stu­dents.

He said: “The Ex­tended Project Qual­i­fi­ca­tion al­lows stu­dents to learn about work­ing in­de­pen­dently and gain the skills and knowl­edge that will help them greatly with univer­sity life and be­yond.

“The project is com­pleted at A2 stan­dard and as such there is a sig­nif­i­cant level of de­tail in­volved in each project.

“This is es­pe­cially help­ful if the stu­dent is go­ing on to study a re­lated course at univer­sity.”

The stu­dents pre­sented their find­ings at spe­cial evening in front of teach­ers and fam­ily.

●● Zoe Rich­mond and Will Fox were among the King’s School stu­dents to take Ex­tended Stud­ies

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