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Extended Project at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

This course provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A level syllabus, whilst also standing out and preparing for university or their future career.  Students will identify, plan and complete an individual project on a subject of their choosing, applying a range of strategies to prove a hypothesis or to create something new.  They will obtain, critically select and use information from a range of sources; analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate understanding of the complexities of the topic.  Students will use a range of skills, solve problems, and to make decisions analytically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes. 

Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

Students who choose the Extended Project can complete their assignment on any topic of their choosing.  This can be linked to something they are currently studying on one of their courses, or something completely different.

Examples of recent project topics include: the decline of heavy metal muisic, whether aggression is a result of nature or nurture, and an investigation into how effective coastal defences have proved to be.

Examples of recent artefacts include: the creation of two speakers and an amplifier, a script, an animation and a computer completely made from recycled parts.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve 5  9 - 5 grades, including English and mathematics.

 

Assessment

Assessment

The assessment is very different from other qualifications becuase there are no exams.  In fact, in the Extended Project, the learning experience is more important than the outcome.

That is, the skills you develop and the experiences you go through are more important than what you actually make, present or conclude.

Students will achieve an outcome equivalent to an AS grade

The project involves the completion of

(1) Project outcome:

     - 5000 word essay, centred around a question

     - or: 5000 word scientific report

     - or: 1000 word essay + artefact

     - or:  1000 word essay + performance

(2) Project log

     - Planning

     - Mid Term Review

     - Reflection

(3) Presentation

 

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

No matter what your next step in life, a carefully chosen Extended Project can help you to make sound decisions, to become more confident, and to develop important skills and knowledge. 

Universities particularly value the Extended Project Qualification as it helps them to select students with a commitment to their chosen subject and a head-start in the independent learning skills that higher education demands.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year

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