The Extended Project is a Level 3 qualification. It is a major piece of individual project work and, therefore, students will need to be motivated, independent learners with excellent time management skills. It is essential that those considering the course have some initial ideas for potential areas of study.
Please note that this course does not count as an A Level choice and can only be selected in addition to your main A Level subjects.
The Extended Project gives students two years to pursue independent research and achieve a deeper understanding of a subject area. Lessons will focus on: how to manage a project; how to research and reference effectively; how to analyse the validity of sources; how to write an extended essay and how to deliver findings in a formal presentation.
This course is an opportunity to personalise learning and extend knowledge and skills in ways that are new and challenging. Students with a strong drive to pursue a certain career or undergraduate course can use this qualification to demonstrate early commitment and develop valuable expertise. Those aiming for places at the most prestigious and competitive universities would find it a distinct advantage to be able to discuss their extended project in UCAS applications and university interviews. In addition, those creating performances or artefacts will produce a recording or sketchbook portfolio which can be used to evidence their skills in any future creative pathway.
Extended Project students must submit one of the following for internal assessment:
• A dissertation (a theoretical written essay)
• An artefact (essay and sketchbook)
• A performance based project
• A study based on practical, investigatory work
All students will need to produce: a project proposal form; a project activity log; an essay of 2000 – 6000 words; an oral presentation and an evaluation.