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Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project is a single piece of work of a student's choosing that requires evidence of planning, preparation, research and independent learning. It is available as a stand-alone qualification for A-level students and forms part of the Diploma.

An Extended Project might be:

  • A design
  • A report with findings from an investigation or study
  • A dissertation presenting an argument
  • An artefact
  • A performance

The Extended Project offers opportunities for learners to:

  • Have significant input into the choice and design of an extended piece of work;
  • Develop and apply decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, initiative and enterprise;
  • Extend their planning, research, critical-thinking, analytical, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills;
  • Use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for higher education and career development. 

The skills that students develop through the Extended Project are excellent preparation for university-level study. Students can refer to the Extended Project in their UCAS personal statements and at interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for.