AQA Bacc Getting started… In autumn 2008, 145 students opted to do the EPQ. Nine staff were given a block of time (approximately 5 hours a week) to oversee groups of 16 or so students. In the October all students were offered the option of AQA Bacc and advice was offered via email and through EPQ tutors. 90 decided to start a in-house log of their activities and the AQA Bacc log came online the following spring.
AQA Bacc Why do the AQA Bacc? In conjunction with the EPQ, it is the perfect ‘wrap round’ qualification to acknowledge all the breadth and depth of both the study and enrichment that our students do. Against the backdrop of workshops on UCAS personal statements, it has become a useful tool to encourage individual reflection and record- keeping.
AQA Bacc The enrichment diary… It encourages participation and enhances self- confidence. It acknowledges individual contributions by unassuming ‘backroom girls and boys’ as much as by those students who are successful in attracting the limelight. It demands rigour in recording college enrichment and stimulates greater involvement/willingness to contribute to community initiatives.
AQA Bacc More activity… Greater involvement by students in societies, charities and communities; they like to log their enthusiasm. (C.I.F.) Leading to more college ‘buzz’ not only in charitable fundraising and the sheer daftness involved in annual events like ‘Comic Relief’ and ‘Children in Need’ but also linked to awareness- raising campaigns such as on child poverty and human trafficking. It spurs on new college initiatives like Winstanley TV and Radio.
AQA Bacc So for the college… It encourages students to do the EPQ. General Studies gets more credibility. Personal statements improve. Greater staff awareness of the student experience outside college, at work and in the community.
AQA Bacc Is the diary user-friendly? It is very popular; adding material to enhance their records such as photographs and written evidence from employers and voluntary organisations. The staff find the bureaucracy, both electronic and written, very straightforward, especially those responsible for exam entries.
AQA Bacc Above all It’s fun to compile, reflect and evaluate! It can be saved for future use. It encourages further participation at university. At the end it enhances off the sixth form experience with a sense of all-round achievement!