The Extended Project is an exciting qualification that puts you in control, giving you the chance to explore something that really interests you. It's worth the equivalent of half an A Level, that will earn you extra UCAS points and teach you skills that are valued by universities and employers. This project has no exams, just coursework so you need to be self-motivated and enjoy working independently either in a practical way, designing or performing or researching and investigating. The project will allow you to:
- Learn more about something that interests you
- Investigate a controversial topic
- Expand your knowledge of one of your AS or GCE subjects
- Gain practical skills that will help you in Higher Education and the workplace
With the Extended Project you get a say in what you study. With the help of your teacher you choose a topic to explore in-depth - usually one that interests you, which you might like to study in Higher Education, or pursue as a career. It's a good idea to link it to one of your AS or GCE subjects, because you'll be able to gain a greater understanding of them.
For the Extended Project, there are four types of project to pick from:
- Write a dissertation
- Produce an artefact, like a sculpture, model or DVD
- Develop and showcase a performance (sport, drama or music)
- Conduct an investigation/field study
Only students in the second year of their programme of study can take the extended qualification. The qualification is available to students who gain at least two grade C or above in their AS Levels or BTEC equivalent at the end of Year 12.