Welcome to the Sixth Form
Thank you for your interest in the Sixth Form at EPCS. We are delighted that current students are thinking of continuing their education with us and will therefore benefit from being taught by experienced teachers with whom they have built excellent relationships during their time at EPCS.
We can offer both internal and external applicants a wide range of Level 3 courses which are delivered in small class sizes where the learning environment is both supportive and challenging. All students are allocated a personal tutor who supports them through their academic journey from Year 12 until they leave us to begin a university course, modern apprenticeship or employment.
We have a Sixth Form area which is separate from the whole school which has recently been refurbished with new IT facilities, new furniture and a vending machine. The students use these facilities for both independent study and socialising with their peers.
We hope that we can welcome you to our Sixth Form in the near future and you can reap the benefits of an environment which is caring, inclusive and supportive.
Megan’s experiences at a university summer school
On 5th July, I was lucky enough to go to a summer school at the University of Edinburgh, all expenses paid for by the Sutton Trust.
Sutton Trust summer schools are designed to give high-achieving students from non-privileged backgrounds a taste of life at a leading university. Thirteen of the leading universities in the county host this summer school. Out of 350 people who applied to the University of Edinburgh Summer School, I was one of 120 that was successful. There I studied Politics and History and took part in many social events.
The day I got there, there was an icebreaker session to get us to talk as many people as possible. Activities included people bingo, making something out of newspaper, and a quiz. It succeeded in its purpose as I spoke to more new people than I have ever done in my life.
Every morning there was two academic sessions, which gave us a sense of what university would be like academically. They were a mix between lectures and tutorials as they were an hour and a half long. My first session of the day was Politics. There I took part in many discussions, including what is politics, representative democracy, whether the UK is a divided union and international relations. The debates were interesting because there was someone from every nation in the UK, so there was lots of differing opinions. It was fascinating to hear how different people from different places, within the UK, view political issues.
History was based around identity. We learnt about the history of maps, Irish nationalism and political violence, nationalism in Eastern Europe and how early 20th century films portrayed Scottish or British identity. The History sessions were brilliant as it explored topics that I have never had the chance to explore.
On Monday afternoon, we had had a general session about the university, finance, UCAS and how the Scottish university system works, whilst Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons were spent doing a project. I chose the politics project, where we created a short film on the 2015 general election. The group spilt into pairs and researched a particular topic. My pair researched gender within the election and investigated sexism in the election campaigns. For example: I found out that 92% of the media coverage of the general election was focused on only male politicians. This project was presented at the poster session on Thursday. There I got to discuss my topic with members of staff and students at the University.
The summer school did not only have an academic programme, but also a social programme. This included a ghost tour, city bus tour, the icebreaker session, a city photo challenge and a graduation meal and party. This was not only designed for us to socialise, but also to explore Edinburgh life and culture. The graduation party featured some Scottish dancing and finished with a traditional Scottish song, Loch Lomond.
The Summer School had a great programme, however the thing I am going to remember the most are the people. Everyone was friendly, the staff, the student group leaders and the other students at the summer school. When Lesley, who is the Senior Widening Participation Officer at the University of Edinburgh, said I would make friends for life, I didn’t believe her. Now I do.
If anyone gets the opportunity to go to any Sutton Trust Summer School or anything similar, I highly recommend it. It is a life experience that you cannot miss and something that I will never forget.