Wilmslow teenager set to conquer the world of geography

Jessica Hewitt (18) from Wilmslow is set to conquer the world of Geography as she celebrates receiving two unconditional offers to study the subject post A-level from Lancaster University and the University of Birmingham. A student in demand, Jessica has also secured a reduced offer from Durham University.

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A sixth former at Manchester High School for Girls, Jessica will more than likely opt for Lancaster. Not only has the university offered her a guaranteed place, but she could also secure a generous scholarship if she achieves specified grades in her A-level examinations.

On course to achieve the top grades required, Jessica has already demonstrated her aptitude for geography by attaining an A* for her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in which she investigated the impact of fracking in Lancashire.

An equivalent of half an A-level, the EPQ is completed through independent research and gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus.

Of her EPQ success, Jessica said: “I have an interest in sustainable development and future energy, therefore fracking seemed like a fitting choice to me. It was a challenging project but I was pleased with the outcome. I believe my EPQ gave me an advantage when I was applying to universities; it demonstrated that I have a passion for geography and am capable of conducting independent, university-style research.”

As well as geography, Jessica is currently studying economics and biology at MHSG: “I want to read geography at university as I am fascinated how people interact in their respective environments, and how their physical surroundings can have an impact on culture and society. It is a really versatile subject which can lead to various areas of work, and I can’t wait to discover my own path within the field. I’m really looking forward to studying at Lancaster; their reputation for the subject is excellent.”

Head mistress, Claire Hewitt, said: “This is well deserved recognition for Jessica and demonstrates the distinct benefits the Extended Project Qualification can offer students when they apply to university. Jessica has continued to work hard throughout her Sixth Form Studies and it is fantastic that she has secured unconditional offers from leading universities.

At the moment our Sixth Form Centre is buzzing as so many of our students are receiving offers from their first-choice of university. We also have girls who have chosen to pursue other routes, such as paid apprenticeships at the BBC or professional service firms such as Ernst & Young.  At Manchester High we acknowledge there are many paths to success and we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of all our Sixth Formers in the months to come.”

Manchester High School for Girls is welcoming applications to its sixth form. For further information visit www.manchesterhigh.co.uk/sixthform

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