The Extended Project is a rich and varied qualification which allows students to undertake research based projects in an area of choice. Welcomed by universities for its emphasis on research, analysis and independent learning, the qualification is recognised as a gateway into the skills required for success in Higher Education and the world of work.
Learners begin by working out which area they are most interested in pursuing: Dissertation, Performance, Artefact or Investigation. There is no limit to what the students can pursue, resulting in an intellectual freedom and passion for their chosen topic. Having finalized a project title with their given mentor, the students then undertake extensive research in that area. Following this, they move into the development and planning stage before ‘realising’ the project outcome. The final stage is one of reflection where the students write an evaluation of the process and perform an oral presentation to peers and teachers. Throughout the project, students keep a detailed Activity Log which is highly reflective of the project management process.
The bulk of the project is completed independently, although students are allocated a mentor who will guide them through the process. Students will also receive instruction in research, project management and presentation skills.