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Extended Project Level 3 at The Holy Cross School

Course description

The Extended Project is a standalone qualification that can be taken alongside GCEs. It creates the opportunity to develop transferable skills for progression to higher education or employment through the exploration of either an area of personal interest or a topic of interest. This qualification:

  • is recognised by universities for the skills it develops
  • is worth half of an Advanced GCE qualification at grades A* to E
  • carries UCAS points for university entry

The Extended Project encourages students to develop skills in the following areas: research, critical thinking, extended writing and project management. Students identify and agree a topic area of their choice. Students can choose from one of the following approaches:

  • a dissertation (for example an investigation based on predominantly secondary research)
  • an investigation/field study (for example a practical experiment)
  • an artefact (for example creating a website based on a client brief or solving an engineering problem)

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language is preferable.


The qualification is coursework based and students are assessed on the skills of managing, planning and evaluating their project. Students will research their topic, develop skills to evaluate the information, and then present the final outcome of their project.

The Extended Project cannot be used against a grade offer (such as AAA), but some universities may offer an alternative for students studying the Extended Project (such as ABB instead of AAB, provided that you get an A in your Extended Project).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Holy Cross School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

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