Extended Project: Design and Technology AS Level at Heathfield Community College
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.
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
A* - C in any GCSE Technology subject
100% coursework portfolio and final presentation.
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.
The course combines well with Maths, Further Maths, Physics (for those going onto engineering), ICT, Graphic Products, as well as other creative subjects.
“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.