The Extended Project (AQA/City & Guilds) at The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College
What is the Extended Project?
The qualification is designed as a 'stretch-and-challenge' opportunity, in addition to the standard four AS Levels, to investigate a topic beyond the normal confines of an A Level qualification. It demonstrates that you have some of the key skills required for university study. It provides good evidence to include in a UCAS personal statement, demonstrating that you can work independently, research, plan, argue and present. Most applicants claim to have these skills, but an Extended Project, shows evidence of something specific to which you can relate these claims.
What is it worth?
The Extended Project will attract UCAS points equivalent to an AS Level and you can gain an A*.
Do universities accept it?
Universities value students who undertake an Extended Project; mainly because the skills involved are those which they believe are important for students to access their courses successfully. For the less competitive universities, the points count fully, whilst for the more competitive universities, the Extended Project could be the deciding factor when it comes to making an offer to an applicant.
What kind of project can be undertaken?
There has to be a tangible outcome, which could be an extended essay on any topic, with a presentation in which you talk about your project and answer questions from a non-specialist audience. Alternatively, the outcome could be a play, a piece of art, a model or a film, accompanied by the presentation. For example, if the project were to create a work of art, this could be exhibited and the artist could answer questions about the work. Physical outcomes, such as presentations, will be videoed for moderation purposes. Above all, the project should be in an area of personal interest about which you arekeen to learn more.
Is there an examination?
There is no examination, this is 100% coursework, internally marked and externally moderated.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College directly.