Extended Project at Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School
What is an Extended Project?
An Extended Project is a major piece of individual project work, undertaken over one academic year. In an Extended Project you have to explore a topic or a question that is of particular interest to you. You will write a dissertation, make an artefact or carry out a laboratory or fieldwork investigation. Some students also look at hospitality related projects. Students may also choose to do an extended project in a specific subject that is not offered on the curriculum. e.g. Textiles, Hospitality.
What will I have to do?
An Extended Project is not just another piece of coursework. Rather, it should extend your knowledge and skills in ways that are new and challenging to you. You need to show the examiner that you can do the following:
• Demonstrate a deep understanding of a topic –you are likely to become an expert in the area you choose for your Extended Project. This is not just a matter of finding out new facts by undertaking research, but thinking deeply about key ideas that relate to your project.
• Learn new skills –these might be practical skills, research skills or thinking skills –or, most likely, a combination of all of these.
• Widen your perspectives –you need to be able to look beyond conventional subject boundaries and bring together ideas and skills from a range of areas. Your Extended Project may touch upon themes and skills from various disciplines. For example using art work to illustrate the meaning of the lyrics of a political song or looking at a scientific issue from a historical viewpoint.
How is it taught?
In September and October you attend lessons based around topics such as research skills and choosing a project title. After this you are still expected to attend lessons but will be working on varying tasks dependent on the topic you have chosen to investigate; you will also have one-to-one discussions with your project supervisor. You will be given ‘mile stones’to achieve by specific dates during the academic year to ensure that your project is on-track.
How will I be assessed?
There are no exams so you are assessed wholly on the work you complete and submit. Everything is assessed. This includes your project log and the record of your research as well as the write up of your findings, or the artefact you make. This qualification will only suit you if you enjoy, and are successful, working independently.
Pathways to future careers/ courses This qualification really complements a variety of A Levels and top universities really like the Extended Project, with many stating how much they value the skills it develops. It is a very useful way of demonstrating a real interest in a subject that you would like to study at degree level and gives you the opportunity to demonstrate skills that your other AS/A2’s may not offer. Students who have already completed it, report that it proves very valuable and is a contributing factor towards university offers being made. Students not only can talk in their personal statements and at interviews about their own original research, they are far better prepared for the demands made on them when they eventually enter university.
5 GCSEs A*- C including a minimum of a grade B in English Language
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School directly.