Wednesday, February 8, 2023

End of year projects impress at USP College


MORE than 30 USP College Palmer’s Campus students showcased their final project to parents, staff and peers at the End of Year Extended Project Show.

The exhibition featured a diverse range of project topics, from artificial intelligence, schizophrenia, abortion and euthanasia, to Brexit and institutional racism.

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is highly regarded by universities and is equivalent to half an A-Level. It allows students to produce a focused piece of work on a topic of their choice. Universities support and value the EPQ as evidence of a student’s ability to use a range of skills that are vital for successful study in Higher Education, such as research skills, critical thinking and writing dissertations.

Student Mariam Ibrahim, 18 from Stanford-le-Hope, said: “My project is about the different treatments for cancer and how effective they are. I chose this topic because it relates to what I want to study in the future.”

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After USP College Mariam will be starting a Medicine Foundation Year at Bradford University.

Student Sam Wildish, 19 from Stanford-le-Hope, whose project was titled Marketing Superhero Films, said: “I enjoyed working on a project of my own choice and researching a subject I am really interested in. It is also great preparation for what it will be like to study at university and links closely with my degree.”
Sam is hoping to go on to Durham University to study Marketing & Communications.

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Shanie George, Head of Learning for Humanities at USP College Palmer’s Campus, said:

“This event is a superb way for students to showcase their talents and creativity. The majority of the students have taken this course as an additional qualification to stretch and challenge themselves in preparation for university or work and they should be incredibly proud of their achievement.”

As an additional benefit, students undertaking the Extended Project Qualification at USP College become part of the Humanities College Company, Utopia, which means that the research and development carried out as part of their project could be part of a live project brief from an external employer. Students gain real life work experience, with a great set of skills, as well as an employer reference to put on their CV. In short it means that students have the competitive edge they need to succeed, which forms part of the College’s career-focused learning strategy.

To find out more about the Extended Project Qualification and college companies available at both Seevic and Palmer’s Campuses, visit


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