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AQA Level 3 Extended Project Qualification at The Astley Cooper School

Course description

To achieve the AQA Level 3 Extended Project Qualification learners undertake a self-directed project.

Students choose and design a project under the guidance of a supervising teacher.  They choose to produce either a research essay on a topic of interest to them or create an artefact (for example a painting, a piece of music, an event or a computer programme) which they research, design and make.


On completing the project learners give a presentation to a non-specialist audience using media that is appropriate to the type of project.

Students are also required to write-up their project and throughout the course will complete a log which is also assessed. 

For the research essay students are required to write 5,000 words.  If students produce an artefact they will produce an accompanying report of between 1,000-5,000 words.

Future opportunities

The Extended Project is valued highly by employers and universities alike.

Further information

The course supports students to become more independent in their learning.  Students will develop and apply problem-solving skills.  They are also encouraged to demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Astley Cooper School directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year