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Extended Project AS Level at Barnet and Southgate College

Course description

All learners must be on the A2 year of their A' Level course. This will be an additional qualification to their programme.

Course content

The Extended Project can be in the form of either: " a dissertation, " an investigation/field study with statistical analysis, " a performance " an artefact. " Each Extended Project will be an individual piece and the choice of subject will be decided by the learner in consultation with their tutor. The EP has been devised to develop a range of skills such as independent learning skills, investigation/research skills, how to be a critical thinker, oral and written communication skills. It has also been developed as a response to Universities and employers concerns that young people do not have these skills. Interestingly students gain most marks on the processes involved in the EP rather than the outcome (the completed project itself). The topic/research question that you select can either complement current studies or be based on future interests, perhaps career aspirations such as medicine.

Entry requirements

A range of between five and six GCSEs with B grades in appropriate subjects. All learners must be on the A2 year of their A' Level course. All learners must have a grade B in English Language and be committed to the course. All learners will need a recommendation from either their personal tutor or a member of teaching staff.

Assessment

The Extended Project can be in the form of either a dissertation, an investigation/field study with statistical analysis, a performance or an artefact. You will have to track your progress with an activity log and also give an oral presentation at the end about your EP discussing the research process and your experiences. All these will be assessed by your tutor.

Financial information

Will depend on the type of Extended Project selected by the learner.

Future opportunities

Lead to a University degree course as part of the entry requirements. The EP is proving a popular additional qualification with a 51% increase in entries in 2011(24,099 students). It has only been available for three years but has taken off rapidly, with one university admissions tutor calling for ministers to make them compulsory. (Source: TES 19/08/2011).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barnet and Southgate College directly.

Last updated date: 25 January 2016