The Extended Project is a student-designed piece of work that stretches academic skills and counts for University application points. This course offers a challenge for Upper Sixth students with a proven past ability.
You should have an average GCSE score of 6.0 or above, attendance of 90% or above, and be reaching target grades in all subjects in Year 1.
Students either produce a piece of art/artefact (with a design process recorded, eg sketch book work, drafting versions) or a 5,000 word essay about an evaluative question of their own choice. You also complete a 16-page log/diary of the process behind designing and finishing the project.
Examples of previous project titles:
Essay: Should the Grenfell Tower disaster be treated as a crime that requires prosecution?
Artefact: To create a children's pop-up book aimed to educate them on the effects of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef
Artefact: To create a series of three short stories and publish them in a book
Essay: Should developing countries be allowed to host the football World Cup?
Essay: Can testing products on animals ever be justified?
Artefact: To create a 4-minute composition of Blues guitar music
Successful projects in the past have made use of 40 different secondary sources (articles, books, websites etc). Students then carried out their own primary research method with a suitable sample where appropriate, for example questionnaires or interview-based research. Work must not be already covered in other Level 3 courses.
Students attend one class per week and carry out at least 2-3 hours of homework per week.
The course is examined by the AQA exam board. Deadline for submission is March.