10th May 2018
This year ninety students at York College completed an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) alongside their A Levels, Apprenticeship or Late Start courses. Taking their studies to a deeper level, they researched sustained projects on subjects of real interest to them. At a special event held in the College atrium, to which guests were invited, the students received a specially bound version of their work.
This year’s students submitted EPQs on a diverse range of subjects with interesting titles such as: ‘To what extent did the Battle of Stamford Bridge affect the Battle of Hastings?’, ‘Fractals: are they just a pretty pattern?’, ‘Could the different traditions of Anglican Monasticism be unified?’ and ‘Universal Basic Income, a Utopian fantasy or the future of a world without work?’
A Level student Harry Lamb-Kirk’s EPQ answers the question: ‘Have the challenges of the financial crisis made Fredrick F. Reichheld’s Loyalty strategies redundant?’. He says: “The subject links directly to Management Studies, incorporating Economics and my interest in financial markets. It was a steep learning curve and I know the qualification has developed by study skills. I hope to progress to the London School of Economics (LSE) in September and after studying for the EPQ I feel more confident to progress to university.”
Sarah Wiggins presented her EPQ on ‘What influences a killer?’ and she found the research very interesting. Sarah said: “I knew nothing about the subject before I started researching and I was constantly stimulated by what I was learning. It was a challenging process but also a very enjoyable one.”
The EPQ involves students in learning advanced research skills including Harvard referencing, project management and other valuable transferrable skills. The qualification supports progression to Higher Education and is highly regarded by universities and employers alike. An EPQ is worth half the UCAS of an A Level.
Curriculum Performance Manager at York College, Hayley McQueen comments: “The EPQ is a fantastic opportunity for students to study a subject of their choosing. This year there has been some fascinating projects which students have clearly enjoyed researching and writing about. Importantly, the EPQ enables students to demonstrate their self-motivation and organisational skills whilst completing the work alongside their main study programmes, it is great preparation for independent learning for students progressing to Higher Education."