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Extended Project: Design and Technology AS Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

This is a unique course which is tailored precisely to the student’s individual needs. Assessment is based on an extended project. Students choose and manage their own project deciding which skills they must improve or acquire as well as the technical knowledge needed to realise it. The project is assessed by looking at how well the chosen area has been researched, managed and then presented to a small group. This is a good opportunity for providing evidence for your UCAS personal statement for university entrance. It is particularly aimed at those who may want to go onto study engineering or a creative technology based course after Sixth Form. For university reactions to the ’Extended Project’ ask for a separate information sheet.

Course content

Year 1

Paper 1

AO1 Managing: How to organise yourself and others to achieve your design brief. Interviewing, data searches, experiments and setting yourself goals to achieve.

AO2 Using resources: Learning new skills (depending on your project could be programming, machining, CAD/CAM etc.) seeking out specialist advice and materials.

AO3 Developing and realizing: Delivering a prototype or finished piece of work ready to present to your audience (a small group)

AO4 Reviewing your work: Judging your own work and progress

Entry requirements

A* - C in any GCSE Technology subject


100% coursework portfolio and final presentation.

Future opportunities

The ‘project’ is an enabling course that can facilitate study in any subject direction. The course as, structured here, is intended for those particularly wanting to pursue a career in engineering, product design, architecture, electronics as well as those who want to supplement other course choices with a creative subject to broaden their Y12 learning experience.

Further information

The course combines well with Maths, Further Maths, Physics (for those going onto engineering), ICT, Graphic Products, as well as other creative subjects.

Student Views

“I really like the Extended Project because it allows me to follow research into what I enjoy”.

“I really enjoy the extended project because it is interesting and I get to choose what I design and make”.

Year 12 Students

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course code: Edexcel ZPJ 304
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
    • Email address: