13th May 2016
More than ninety students have completed an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside their A Level, Vocational and Apprenticeship courses at York College this year. These students have carried out a sustained project on subjects that are of real interest to them, taking their studies to a deeper level. At a special event held in the College atrium, to which parents were invited, they received a specially bound version of their work.
The EPQ involves students in learning advanced research skills including Harvard referencing, project management and other valuable transferrable skills. This year’s students submitted EPQs on a whole range of subjects with interesting titles such as: ‘Homosexuality in F.Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby”’, ‘Causes of the Russian Revolution’ and ‘Is success in F1 reliant on the car or the driver?’.
The EPQ supports progression to Higher Education and is highly regarded by universities and employers alike - it carries the same UCAS points as an AS Level.
Head of Studies for A Level at York College, Hayley McQueen comments: “The Extended Project provides a wonderful opportunity for students to research, write about and present a subject of their choosing. There have been some really fantastic projects this year and students have demonstrated self-motivation and great organisations skills in completing the work alongside their studies. The EPQ prepares students for the kind of independent learning expected in Higher Education."