Extended Project Qualification

“Why should I study Extended Project?”

This qualification is different to any others you have studied or will study. You have the freedom to construct your project in a variety of forms and explore a topic that is of particular interest as long as it enables you to achieve the highest grade. This may build on your other A-Level subjects, explore an aspect of a university course or career you are considering or provide an opportunity to examine a passion or interest outside of your studies. The course will develop a wide range of skills that demonstrate your ability to manage your time, research a wide range of resources and construct a succinct and high level project. Universities and employers hold the Extended Project in high regard given the range of transferable skills it develops and the effective preparation in provides for further study and independent learning. This includes evidence of management of time, resources and the production of a high caliber, critically reflective depth study. The Russell Group of universities welcome evidence of the Extended Project in UCAS applications. You will complete the project in Year 12 and receive your result in the summer. This will enable you to focus on your other A-Level subjects through Year 13.

“What will I study?”

You will choose the nature of your project from four possible options. You will independently construct a high level question or hypothesis if you decide to produce a dissertation or investigation. However, if you decide to form your project through either a performance or artefact then you will create a brief requiring a response. You are assessed on one piece of work that you will work on throughout the year. There are no exams. Effective research is crucial to the success of the project to ensure that you examine your title comprehensively and critically from every perspective. In addition, you will also keep an activity log as a record of your progression and decision making. Time management will be absolutely crucial as you draw together your research to form a final report that is expertly structured and presented with precision. You will also present your project orally at the end of the project. Final written reports tend to be between 5,000 and 10,000 words depending on the nature of the project. However, there is no word limit. You will be assessed on your management of the project, your use of resources, the development of the project and your critical reflection and evaluation alongside the oral presentation.