04 June 2018

Students celebrate “fascinating” and “challenging” extended study success with councillor

Hardworking Arthur Terry students have gained an advanced qualification – popular with leading universities – that showcases their independent research skills and enriches learning. More than 30 year 12 students celebrated their success with Councillor Meirion Jenkins at a presentation evening at the school.

The students were commended on their resilience and creative learning as part of  the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) work is designed to equip students will the skills needed at undergraduate level in university, specifically independent research and reconciling various (and sometimes contradictory) sources of research. Students can choose their own topics and the range covered was very wide, including science, modern culture, business, finance and politics.

Councillor Jenkins (Conservative, Sutton Mere Green ward) said:

This was a great evening, with the chance to talk with students about these fascinating and challenging topics.  I’m sure that the EPQ work will be a great help in preparing students for higher education.”

The Extended Project Qualification is an independent enquiry that is sought after by most universities. As opposed to A Level teaching, which is guided by supportive teaching staff, the EPQ requires students to undertake a minimum of 90 hours of independent research into a topic that sparks their imaginations.

Students are required to learn how to use advance search filters, to access online and physical university library catalogues – Arthur Terry Year 12s have been able to utilise both the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University (BCU) databases, how to reference correctly, applying the Harvard system and to prepare academically written final evaluative pieces. The students earn the equivalent of half an A Level in terms of UCAS points and are greatly enriched by the skills they learn and enhance during their learning journeys. Arthur Terry Students have been extremely lucky to tap into the support of Arthur Terry School’s head librarian, Mandy Goode, who is also an award-winning BCU librarian.

Alex Zarifeh, director of sixth form, in charge of year 12, Arthur Terry School, added: “

The students have worked so hard, for so long on these projects. It was great to have Councillor Jenkins with us to celebrate their collective success!

The EPQ is a qualification we are proud to offer our students at the Arthur Terry Sixth Form that enables students to showcase resilience, sustained drive and the ability to direct their own learning. We can’t wait to see what next year’s students decide to investigate!”

During the presentation evening, Councillor Jenkins met with students to discuss the wide-ranging topics, which included the use of autonomous vehicles from Joel McHale, emergence of cryptocurrencies from Fahad Ali, the extent to which LGBTQ+ people are more likely to suffer mental health issues Elliot Perlic, abortion laws in Northern Ireland from Georgia Garrad, factors influencing the gross revenues from motion pictures from Abby Hammond, the use of bibliotherapy (reading of books) to help mental health problems from Hannah Knight, the rise of the denim revolution in fashion from Maria Lane and an investigation into the Mozart Effect (can classical music really improve your IQ?) from Ceana Edgar.