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Extended Project AS (Level 3) at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

The Extended Project is an exciting course for year 13 students, equivalent to one AS level. The course is very well respected by universities, allowing you to choose an area of research that you feel passionate about, and then conduct a year-long project on a specific topic.

An attractive feature of this course is that it not only provides students with an additional AS qualification, but it also gives the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of one of their other subject options, thus enhancing achievement in their option subject, too. This can be ideal material to promote discussion in a university interview or job interview.

This course is a compulsory element of the Enhanced Learning Pathway, but can also be studied by any year 13 or 14 student.

Course content

Psychology - Are the causes of Schizophrenia genetic, cultural or environmental?

Sociology - To what extent can Sociology be termed a Science?

Health & Social Care - Teenage binge drinking – what are its causes and effects?

Mathematics - The development of number systems through the ages

Economics - Are recessions inevitable?

History - What lasting legacy did the Roman Occupation leave Britain?

Entry requirements

• 2 AS grades at E or higher
• The ability to work


There is no exam for this course. You will produce either a 5000 word written report that addresses your chosen research question; or a finished artifact design or product supported by a written account of 1500 words.

You will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Plan your research and manage your own time and workload
  • Use resources effectively, including correct referencing and citation
  • Write coherently, using a logical structure
  • Reflect upon, review and evaluate your progress

You will also participate in, and be assessed on, the Extended Project Exhibition, in which students, teachers and parents will come to view your work and ask you questions about your findings.

Future opportunities

The Extended Project shows you possess valuable, transferable skills such as creative thinking, time management, and critical analysis. It also shows that you can work independently and use a high standard of oral and written English. As such, this qualification is useful in any career, and is respected by top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. It is also an essential component of the AQA Baccalaureate qualification.

Further information

Use of the well-equipped IT room at Place House. Access to the department website and Moodle resources.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years