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Extended Project Qualification at Thomas Tallis School

Course description

AS Level only

This course demands students to take control of their own learning and time, by allowing them the opportunity to study a project of their own design. The projects students create are individual and will allow students to develop their creative, analytical, evaluative, and practical skills. As part of a group, students will help develop each other’s ideas and communication skills through a series of discussions and presentations. This course is only offered as an AS level, but students have the potential to achieve an A* grade, which is not available in other AS programmes.

Entry requirements

5 grade A*-C at GCSE, which would include English and preferably a humanities subject.


The projects are assessed on individual merit. This course is 100% coursework and will be assessed according to what students produce as their end project. There are four areas that projects are categorised and assessed under; 1. A dissertation – this is a questions students pose for themselves on an area of interest, they then research and produce an extended piece of writing of up to 6000 words. 2. A field study- this is study that can start with a hypothesis or questions that requires data collection and analysis, this is accompanied by an extended piece of writing of up to 6000 words. 3. A performance- students can give a brief they wish to respond to with a visual/ audio performance, this includes film, plays, music or dances- students are required to write a 2000 word project evaluating and depicting the research, choices/ journey they have taken to create the performance. 4. An artefactstudents can give a design brief they wish to produce in a physical format, whether it be a piece of art work, a website or a book – the possibilities are endless. Students are required to complete a 2000 word evaluation of their project showing their research, choices and journey taken to complete the final piece. 100% coursework assessed by teachers within school and externally moderated by the exam board. Students can opt to enter their project at different points throughout the year, either a summer entry in their first year of AS level or January/ summer of their second year of A levels.

Future opportunities

Any degree programme would welcome the extended project AS level, especially if the students pursue a project in the field they wish to study at university level. The research and communication and time management skills required to complete a successful project, coupled with the extensive writing of the project would be looked on favourably by most universities/ employers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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