Extended Project

A student

Do you enjoy completing coursework? On this course you will select a topic of your choice to investigate. You will gain invaluable research and project management skills, which will prepare you for university study.

Course type

AS-level equivalent

Course length

One year

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at  GCSE, including English  Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

You will produce a single piece of work on a subject of your choice. This could be either related to your AS/A-levels or unrelated to your studies. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to plan, prepare, research and work independently.

This piece of work can be:

  • a report with findings from an investigation or study
  • a design
  • an extended essay presenting an argument
  • an artefact
  • a performance

On the course you will:

  • acquire a toolkit of skills, knowledge and understanding
  • develop decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • be guided by a personal project tutor.

Entry onto the programme

All gifted and talented students will have the  option to undertake the Extended Project. All other students wishing to study this programme will need  to discuss this option with their tutor once on their A-level programme.

What will I be able to progress to?

The Extended Project will equip you with study and research skills useful for many degree subjects and further study.

Other information

In addition to being a recognised AS-level subject, you will be able to make use of the Extended Project in interviews for higher education and in your UCAS personal statement.

Focusing on a subject of your choice, you will develop essential skills for higher education and the workplace.