The Extended Project is a level 3 qualification introduced in September 2008. Learners may choose to take the Extended Project Qualification as an extension from studies for any other qualifications at Level 3 (A level, BTEC and other academic or vocational qualifications).
Learners are required, with appropriate supervision, to:
- Choose an area of interest.
- Draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the centre.
- Plan, research and carry out the project.
- Deliver a presentation to a specified audience.
- Provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.
The Extended Project Qualification offers opportunities for learners to:
- Make a significant contribution to the choice and design of an extended project and take responsibility either for an individual task or for a defined task within a group project.
- Develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners
- Develop and apply decision making and, where appropriate, problem solving skills.
- Extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills.
- Where appropriate, develop confidence in applying new technologies in their studies.
- Develop and apply skills creatively, demonstrating initiative and enterprise.
- Use their learning experiences to support their aspirations for higher education and/or career development.
- Transfer skills developed as part of their extended project to other areas of study.