Projects help stu­dents get step closer to univer­sity

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

KING’S stu­dents held an open evening to show off the projects they have worked on to achieve ex­tra cred­its when ap­ply­ing for univer­sity.

The Ex­tended Project Qualification (EPQ) is an ad­di­tional qualification which re­quires stu­dents to spend about 120 hours on a project of their choos­ing.

Among the projects on dis­play dur­ing a spe­cial open evening was work by Rory Boyle, 18, who wants to read his­tory at univer­sity and chose to ques­tion the as­sump­tions be­hind a Euro­cen­tric view of his­tory.

School cap­tain Rachel Catlin, 17, who wants to read mu­sic, ex­am­ined the so-called ‘Mozart Ef­fect’, which sug­gests that lis­ten­ing to clas­si­cal mu­sic helps de­velop in­tel­li­gence, and Paul Roberts, 17, who wants to read ge­og­ra­phy at univer­sity, stud­ied how best to pro­vide clean wa­ter in the Sa­hel re­gion of Africa.

Hope But­ler, 18, who wants to read psy­chol­ogy at univer­sity, ex­am­ined whether the now wide­spread use of mo­biles and tablets was help­ing stu­dents re­search more widely or merely en­cour­ag­ing pla­gia­rism, and Sameera Lyons, 18, who wants to study medicine, ar­gued that lep­rosy which still de­bil­i­tates over 200,000 peo­ple mainly in In­dia and Brazil could be elim­i­nated.

Kelly Cor­co­ran, 17, who wants to read English lit­er­a­ture, looked at the im­pact of the Ro­man­tic Move­ment on later 19th cen­tury lit­er­a­ture and how the po­etry of Wordsworth, Keats and By­ron was highly po­lit­i­cal and a re­ac­tion to the sci­en­tific fo­cus of the En­light­en­ment.

Maria McMaster, psy­chol­ogy teacher and head of Year 13, or­gan­ises King’s Ex­tended Project Qualification which gives stu­dents the chance to work in­de­pen­dently and to a high stan­dard.

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

“The stu­dents have to present their find­ings and talk about the whole EPQ process, as not only does it help them learn the skills they are likely to need for univer­sity and fu­ture em­ploy­ment, it also forms part of their as­sess­ment.

“The EPQ pre­sen­ta­tion evening has been de­vel­oped in or­der to give our stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to present their find­ings in an en­joy­able way that al­lows them to share their hard work with their teach­ers, fam­i­lies and friends. We are very proud of what they have achieved and they should be too.”

Pic­tures: Mike Carter

Hope But­ler

Sameera Lyons

Paul Roberts

Rachel Catlin with King’s head­mas­ter Dr Si­mon Hyde

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