Students from Huddersfield New College’s Aspire programme have enjoyed a visit to the research libraries at Leeds University to explore higher level research skills and potential topics for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). 

The Aspire programme supports students with the academic potential to apply for world-class universities to have experiences that enable them to aim higher and achieve these ambitions. 

Students on the programme were given access to the research libraries at Leeds University, and explored a range of research techniques. The group are all looking at an EPQ and the day also allowed them to look at a range of potential topics to form the basis for this.

An EPQ sees students choosing a topic to research and produce a project on. These extended research skills, and can be topics linked to current studies or an area of academic interest. Studying an EPQ enhances a student’s application to university as they are well recognised for how they stretch and challenge a student. 

Scott Townshend, Aspire Programme Lead comments: “The visit was a real opportunity for students to develop university level research skills and further develop their techniques to both support them in their studies and their EPQ. Exploring the research libraries was a fascinating experience for students who had the opportunity to take a look at a range of potential topics for their EPQ. These are fantastic qualifications that genuinely help students to stand out from the crowd. One of our recent students not only uncovered her passion for her future career, but also a place at Oxford University to study Archaeology as a result of her EPQ studies. We’d like to thank Leeds University for their time and expertise which has been of huge benefit to our students.”