- AS Level (1 year)
The Extended Project offers opportunities for students to:
- Have significant input into the choice and design of an extended piece of work.
- Develop and apply decisionmaking skills, problem-solving skills, initiative and enterprise.
- Extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analytical, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills.
- Use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for higher education and career development.
The Extended Project is equivalent to half an A Level. It is a single piece of work and can be undertaken on a topic of your own choosing, which may or may not be linked to your other A Level subjects. The course is normally started towards the end of your first year.
Topics are broad, ranging this year from 'The Renaissance of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn' to 'The Efficacy of Different Ways of Treating Dementia'.
The Project will help prepare you for degree level studies and employment, by developing your planning, research, critical thinking, presentation and independent learning skills. It will also help you to use your initiative in solving problems and making decisions. You can choose any topic and you will be required to write a report of 5000 words. Alternatively you create a product, an artefact, and write a 1000 word report on the product and its creation. The product could be almost anything. The final part of the assessment involves presenting your ideas to a panel of invited guests.
Where will my course lead?
The skills that students develop through the Extended Project are excellent preparation for university level study. Students can refer to the Extended Project in their UCAS personal statements and at interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for. Certain courses at the university will count grades achieved in the extended project towards their entry criteria.