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Extended Project Qualification at Sandringham School

Course description

Course Aims:

The Extended Project is a Level 3 qualification which provides students with a unique opportunity to choose a topic in which they are interested and conduct their own research. Each student will:

  • choose an area of interest;
  • plan, research and carry out the project.

They are expected to

Identify, design, plan and complete an individual project to meet stated objectives; obtain and select information from a range of sources, and analyse data; select and use a range of skills, including new technologies where appropriate, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes; and finally  evaluate outcomes including own learning and performance.


Course Structure:

The Extended Project is a single piece of work of your own choosing that requires evidence of planning, preparation, research and independent working. It carries the same UCAS points as an AS Level (20 for a grade E up to 70 for a grade A*).

The course has a core taught element which involves research methodology, and developing Personal, Learning and Thinking skills. Students will be supervised by course supervisors who will give guidance during the completion of the research project; however the emphasis is on the student conducting his/her own research.

Exemplar research project titles:

  • The impact of the media on youth culture;
  • Polyclinics their effect on patient care in St. Albans;
  • Emperor Hadrian’s influence on Western Civilisation;
  • The 2012 Olympics and its effect on the school curriculum;
  • Renewable energy, the lessons for schools.
  • Why has MRSA proved so difficult to combat?


Entry requirements

We will consider students who achieve an average of grade B at GCSE. Students must also be motivated to learn independently and conduct their own research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandringham School directly.

Last updated date: 02 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years