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Students honoured at EPQ Celebration Evening

A Celebration Evening to acknowledge outstanding achievement and commitment in the Extended Project Qualification was attended by students, parents, staff and governors at Havering Sixth Form College.

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a challenging piece of extended writing which involves carrying out academic research and then producing a university-level piece of work and presentation.

Students can choose a topic of their choice to research and the project can be in the form of an essay or report, or an artefact, musical composition or dramatic presentation, backed up with paperwork.

The EPQ, which is studied alongside A Levels or Level 3 BTECs, is highly-regarded by universities and employers because it helps the student develop a range of study skills and demonstrates a dedication to independent learning.

At the Celebration Evening students were honoured for producing outstanding pieces of work and for their determination in overcoming difficult challenges.

Lisa Mangles and Ruth Kettle, the Subject Leaders of the Aiming High and EPQ programme, handed out certificates to:

James Elliott - for passion throughout the project and excellent organisational skills

Davinia Davies - for her tenacity, despite the challenges that she faced

Ai-sha Arif - for her very original and informative project

Alex Linay - for being pro-active throughout the project in spite of academic pressures

Angela Nkansa-Dwamena - her project exceeded all expectations and her presentation was passionate and personal

William Archer – for his outstanding presentation

Niji Rajesh – for being an especially tenacious student

Kristina Petkova - for her boundless enthusiasm about her chosen topic and excellent time management skills

Deputy Principal Paul Nutter said: “We value the EPQ for our students and are proud of all the dissertations and presentations that have been produced. Well done to you all.”

Student Angela Nkansa-Dwamena then gave her excellent EPQ presentation which was titled Sickle Cell Disease and Gene Therapy which examined the disease and the ethical issues on whether gene therapy should be introduced to a patient for therapeutic benefit.