Awarding Body:EdexcelCourse Duration:1 Year

Biology student working on projectTo be taken up in the second year

The Extended Project will allow you to develop your critical reasoning skills, analytical skills and ability to manage a project independently. It is a research based qualification and highly valued by Universities. We see this as an excellent opportunity to stretch and challenge students.

The Extended Project is an Advanced level qualification but equivalent to an AS level qualification in size. The Project is intended to increase motivation, confidence and responsibility. It offers a fantastic and engaging way to study a subject which interests you and allows you more control over your study than ever before.

You have a free choice of project topic; you can choose to explore an aspect of a subject you are currently studying or choose a topic that you have a personal interest in. You will be assigned a Supervisor who will guide you through the requirements and process of completing the project. You begin it after you have finished your AS exams and complete it in your second year.

The finished project can be almost anything – a written report, a performance, a piece of art, a community project, a CD or DVD, or computer software. In practice, we have found that most students have opted to complete an extended piece of writing based on investigation or research. This amounts to a 5,000 word document of self-directed coursework.

To complete the project successfully you will need to produce:

  • a record of the process that has been followed indicating that you can reflect on and explain how you overcame obstacles and difficulties
  • a final product – the essay, artwork, film, performance etc.
  • a presentation to others with a chance to answer questions.

Points to consider:

  • The Extended Project is demanding in terms of time, effort and commitment.
  • It is undertaken in addition to all the other subjects that you will be studying.
  • You are expected to have good independent working skills and the stamina to complete and meet deadlines.
  • It is essential to have an inquiring mind and dedication to a task; this project is driven by you and not your teachers.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

It is important to note that students are not just assessed on the final product that they produce but on the process itself. The following is a guide to the weighting: 40% is awarded on the planning, management and organisation as well as the selection and use of resources. 40% is awarded for the successful development and realisation of your plans. 20% is awarded for evaluation, and self-reflection.

Some examples of project titles:

  • Could an Artificial Hand ever Achieve the Functionality, Sensitivity and Aesthetics of a Human Hand?
  • Can nuclear power be made safe?
  • What are the Top Down and Bottom Up Approaches to Criminal Profiling, and How Effective is Criminal Profiling?
  • Which major principles established by Florence Nightingale are still in evidence in modern healthcare systems?
  • To what extent is the Trinity doctrine based on biblical foundations?
  • How was Shakespeare Influenced by Classic Greek Mythology in his play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'?
  • The reasons for the extent and scale of the Huguenot exodus from France in the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries, and the impact that the refugees had on the UK
  • Is Autism a genuine neurological disorder or is it a self-taught behaviour?
  • How successfully did Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’, Raphael’s ‘Madonna of the pink’s’ and Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ accurately depict the gospels of the New Testament?
  • Is it possible to recreate the 1960s Beatles' sound using modern technology?
  • What would be the best option to contain Foot and Mouth disease if there was an outbreak in the United Kingdom in the future?
  • Why has there been a decline in the Honey Bee population?
  • Is graffiti art or vandalism?
  • Why were the Germans defeated at the Battle of Stalingrad?
  • How have we come to our current understanding of black holes?
  • Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
  • The environmental challenges faced by Belize
  • An investigation into biological luminesces in marine organisms
  • Is it right to give someone a pill which we know has no active benefit?
  • Why did Yugoslavia fall apart so violently in the 1990’s?
  • Investigation into the construction of a bespoke road bicycle
  • To what extent is there monopoly power in the Barclays Premier League?
  • The blush in women’s literature, 1790 to 1850
  • A Critical Analysis Of The Evolution Of The Vampire In 19th, 20th, and Early 21st Century Fiction
  • How to make a successful radio demo tape

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