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Extended Project at The Hayesbrook School

Course description

This qualification offers you an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge by producing an extended piece of work either in an area you are studying or in which you have a particular interest. It requires a high degree of planning, preparation, research and autonomous working.

Course content

You decide the title and the format of your project via regular meetings with your supervisor.  The outcome may be an extended piece of written work, an investigation or piece of practical work, a performance, a piece of creative work or an artefact. The Extended Project is not only assessed on the product but also on the process, so you will have to do a presentation at the end of your project and complete a detailed log. There are regular meetings throughout the process which replicates independent working at university level.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both English and Maths GCSEs, and at least 3 other qualifications at 4 or above.


The Extended Project focuses on skills and is assessed against the following criteria:

• Manage: design and plan your project, apply organisational skills and strategies, complete the project

• Use resources: obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply analytical skills. These sources will need to be referenced correctly and all sources acknowledged.

• Develop and realise: use a range of skills including new technologies to solve problems, take decisions and achieve planned outcomes

• Review: evaluate outcomes, apply communication and presentation skills.
The project is internally supervised and assessed by the students’ mentors. Evidence may include a journal, video, database, etc...

All evidence needs to be recorded as part of the assessment process.

Future opportunities

The Extended Project is equivalent to up to half an A level course and therefore gives you UCAS points useful to apply to Universities. It is specifically designed to aid transition to higher education by equipping students with the research and independent study skills they will need to succeed at University.

Further information

The Extended Project can be linked to anything that is an area of interest to you.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September