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Extended Project at St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College

Course description


The Advanced Extended Project is a course where an individual learner decides on a project they wish to carry out. An Extended Project may be an extension of an aspect of the learner's main programme of study or may range more widely across subjects or stem from a learner's outside interests or activities.

The learner is required to identify, design, plan and complete a project product either individually or within a small group, applying organisational skills and strategies to meet their stated objectives. The learner will be guided by a project supervisor.

Course content


The course requires the student to show evidence equated to 90 hours of independent study and research. Students will also be taught relevant study and research skills in order to meet the assessment criteria of:

· managing the project –  where the candidate clearly identifies the topic to be investigated and produces a detailed project plan

· identifying and using resources -  including, evidence of detailed research, a wide range of relevant resources and analysis and application of the resources

· developing the project -  where candidates take appropriate decisions, collect and analyse data,  implement the plan and ensure the outcome of the project is fully realised.

· reviewing the outcomes of the project -  displaying detailed evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the completed project based on evidence and judgement.

Entry requirements


There is no recommended prior learning for candidates leading to this qualification. Candidates should have achieved GCSE English Language Grade B.

Candidates with good GCSE grades should normally consider the Advanced Extended Project as an additional course and qualification to their normal AS programme to supplement and enhance their academic profile.



The outcome of the project may be an extended piece of written work or extended essay, an investigation or piece of practical work, a performance, piece of creative work or any other form of artefact such as a model, creative piece of writing, database or construction.

The submission will always include a written report of the background research of at least 1,000 and up to 5,000 words. Depending on the subject area a variety of additional evidence may be required for assessment. Such evidence might be submitted in a number of appropriate forms including DVD/video/CD, multimedia presentation, photographic record, model or construction.

The learner is required to make a live presentation on their work to a non-specialist audience. Such presentations may be in any form appropriate to their work. The presentation should include live responses to questions from the supervisor.

The full project process is recorded by the learner, with additional material provided by the supervisor, in a Production Log & Assessment Record. The Production Log & Assessment Record contains, at minimum, a record of the following:

· initial idea(s) for the project

· formal project proposal and approval

· record of research carried out and resources used

· mid-project review

· record of advice offered and action taken as a result

· end-of-project review

· presentation record and evidence

· reflection

· final assessment 

Further information


The Advanced Extended Project encourages students to develop important skills. The benefits of the course are it:

• is a qualification for all learners

• offers real scope for enterprise, initiative, independent learning, research, the acquisition of new skills

• gives students an opportunity to do demonstrate what they can do on their own

• is an excellent preparation for University

• gains up to 70 UCAS points

• is highly rated by Universities

• is very useful in helping with subject choice, personal statement and interview

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 09 January 2015
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