Extended Project

The Extended Project is an enrichment opportunity for motivated year 12/13 students. It is worth half an A level (for example a student awarded an A* would receive 70 points). It encourages students to develop positive learning attributes vital for university. Students are encouraged to choose a topic which relates to their proposed university course of study. Students independently research and create a 5000 word project or artefact to be presented to the project supervisor in the autumn term. Students attend weekly sessions with their supervisor and complete an assessed log of their progress. The Extended Project is academically challenging but also very rewarding and is looked on favourably by top universities. Places on the course are limited; students will be assessed with regards to their suitability before projects are approved.

The purpose of The Extended Project is to help students:-

  • Who are interested in researching and working independently
  • Who want to build on the knowledge they have gained at A level
  • Who would enjoy discussing and evaluating their knowledge and understanding
  • Who are able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and self motivation

Curricular offering:
The Extended project is offered to Year 12 students in the summer term following their AS Exams. Students attend weekly lessons and research and write up their first draft during the summer holidays. Students have 6 months in which to complete their projects. Final assessment is by individual presentations in December.

An example of the topics that Extended Project students have submitted in the past include: ‘The philosophical implications of quantum physics’, ‘The revolution of the rollercoaster’. ‘Our ever changing mind: A history of the brain’, ‘Drama Therapy: Psychology off  the couch’, ‘My life, My death, My choice? Perspectives on euthanasia’ ‘The 11th Hour: An investigation into climate change’.

How the course is taught

The course is taught one hour a week from June in year 12 to Christmas of year 13. Students are taught research skills, time management, academic referencing, extended essay writing, creative thinking, reflective learning, ethical guidelines for research, and independent study skills. Students are expected to spend a total of 120 hours on completion of the project, presentation and log forms (including taught time).

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