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Extended Project : Level 3 at Regent College

Course description

The Extended Project is an excellent opportunity to give you the advantage over other students in the competitive university application process. It defines you as someone who is able to work independently beyond the traditional confines of A level study, to manage your time and learning and to make a contribution to the wider community. These are the very skills, attributes and interests that the top universities are looking for in undergraduates and the course gives you the opportunity to show that you have what is required to succeed at the very top.

What skills will I gain?
• How to select and interpret information
• How to make decisions and take action
• How to construct and communicate arguments
• How to take responsibility for your own learning
• Project management

Course content

You will be required to plan, manage, develop, review and present a project of your own choice.
This means that you are able to gain a qualification in a topic that you love doing as a hobby or just want to expand upon.
Students are encouraged to choose something with their future degree or career in mind as this will enrich their UCAS Personal Statement or CV.

In the past few years we have supervised a range of very exciting projects including the following: Hospital Meals – how healthy are they? Space – Created or Evolved, Stranger Danger, The Influence of the Media on Young Women, Trash Fashion, Raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness, The treatment of Jewish People during WW2, Football Hooliganism and so on.

The possibilities are endless with Projects as your final piece can be creative; a piece of art, photography or music (students even made false teeth and clothes out of crisp packets), it can be an electronic product such as a web site or a 5000 word report on a topic of your choosing.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grade Cs, or equivalent, including English Language and at least a 7 in either English Language or Maths.
Students will need to have a strong ability to work independently as the qualification is entirely self-led coursework with the support of a project supervisor.

The Extended Project is the equivalent of half an A Level and is worth between 20 and 70 UCAS points depending on the final grade.


The project is assessed entirely via a Project Log and Report. You will produce a portfolio of evidence and make a presentation about the action undertook.

Financial information

Free to all home students.

Future opportunities

Extended Projects define you as someone capable of working beyond the curriculum, a person who is self-motivated and able to successfully project manage, work to targets and review their work - universities want all of these qualities.

Geoff Parks, Director of Admissions at Cambridge University, said, “The potential benefits are enormous. Opportunities to get deeply involved in a subject that interests you, to develop research skills, to pull together different areas of the other subjects you are studying and to develop extended writing skills will all be enormously valuable preparation for going to university. I would strongly encourage students to do an extended project whichever university they want to go to.”

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact Regent College, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or your school/college Careers Staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 September 2018

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