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Extended Project Qualification at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

The extended project qualification is an extra qualification offered to year 12s after they have completed their AS exams that provides an opportunity for you to extend your abilities beyond the A level syllabus and prepare for university or your future career. It can also be used to earn extra UCAS points and is worth 50% of an A level.

By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) you will:

  • become more critical, reflective and independent learners
  • develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • increase your planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • learn to apply new technologies confidently
  • demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise

Course content

All Project students follow the same basic Project process and have to supply the following evidence for assessment: 
  • Project product, in the form of a research report, production or artefact 
  • Written report 
  • Presentation of the completed Project 
  • Completed Production Log 
You will have one, 1 hour timetabled lesson each week (In addition to your A level studies) where you will learn the skills needed to complete your project. You will also have a minimum of three meetings throughout the project with your supervisor to assess your progress and to ensure you are on the right track. Additionally, you can request a subject-specific mentor to work with you and support your research. 

Entry requirements

This course is offered on a voluntary basis, but demands a serious commitment and the ability to work independently, which is why it only begins at the end of year 12 and continues into year 13.

You will need 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE including Maths and English, and your acceptance onto the course needs to be agreed by the tutors. 


The Extended Project Qualification is equivalent to half of an A-Level. Using a six grade scale from A* to E, it is initially assessed by the lead supervisor and then is moderated by the AQA, which gives the final grade. 

Future opportunities

It develops and provides evidence of the skills universities are looking for:

  • experience of in-depth study in specialised topics, eg medical research, politics or astronomy, closer to actual university courses;
  • confidence to work independently and creatively
  • practice in essay writing and independent research
  • gives students the benefit of extra UCAS points 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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