Why Should I Study This Subject?
The Extended Project gives students the opportunity to have more control over their studies than ever before. Students can choose to study a further aspect of a subject they’re studying, or another subject, or simply choose a topic they have an interest in. The Extended Project is worth up to 70 UCAS points at AS Level and can be used to top up a student’s UCAS points total, as well as help to prepare a student for a specific Degree/career.
What Will I Study?
The Extended Project is compiled of 100% coursework and the student has total creative control over what subject they choose and how they want to carry out the project. The finished project can be a written report, a performance, a piece of art, a computer programme, a design/prototype, a community project, a CD or DVD, or even a piece of creative writing.
All Students have to:
- Choose a subject to study
- Complete a production log to document the production process
- Plan, research and carry out their project
- Prepare a presentation on the outcome
Students are assessed on the following
- Ability to manage the project
- Use of resources/research
- Ability to develop and realise
- Review & evaluation skills
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What Can I do Next?
Students can complete this project alongside their main Level 3 course, whether that is the A Level or BTEC qualification. The project highlights the student’s ability to work on a project on their own, and the skills that are developed as a result. The Extended Project could be considered like a ‘mini dissertation’, but is worth extra UCAS points too. Shrewd students could use the Extended Project to appeal to their chosen Degree course. For example, prospective teachers could look into the improvement of lesson plans etc.