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Extended Project Level 3 at The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description


Level 3 Extended Projects aim to support learners with the transition to Higher Education or into the world of work. They provide opportunities for the development of critical, reflective, problem-solving and independent learning skills through the planning, research and evaluation of a self-selected project.

Throughout their in-depth study, learners will develop and apply skills creatively, resulting in one of the four following project outcomes:

  • A dissertation
  • An Investigation
  • A Performance; or
  • An artefact

The Extended Project outcome is graded A* to E (equivalent to AS grades). You can use a variety of different delivery approaches to teach the Extended Project Qualification.

Course content


A project entry for the dissertation should be based upon a solution to a research question.

Entries for the investigation/field study should also be based on research questions or hypotheses and should be more reliant on the gathering of information or data that can be analysed. For example, if the investigation topic concerned the effect of reducing speed limits on CO2 emissions, research could include any literature which has been published on this question to provide the background the study. The investigation work carried out could then yield data which could be compared with the learner’s secondary research findings.

In the Performance unit, candidate work could be based on a role or activity that displays the learner’s ability to express themselves in a creative or physical manner. This could cover sport, drama and performing arts (a performance, directorial or production role), musical or vocal forms of expression.

The artefact may take many forms, including a finished working prototype, model, artwork or design, and will usually be a solution to a design brief.

Entry requirements




How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years