The extended project is a single piece of work, chosen by the student, that requires evidence of planning, preparation, research and independent working. Whilst the extended project is a free standing qualification, it is a compulsory constituent of the AQA Bacc and the new specialised diplomas. It is graded A*- E and worth half an A level. Projects may vary in format. Students may either produce a 5000 word written project or a 1000 word written project accompanied by an artefact, design or performance.
Examples of written projects
Are Durrenmatt’s views of the responsibility of the scientist as expressed in “Die Physiker” tenable in the 21st Century?
How did the development of the British Motor Company Mini influence subsequent automotive design and engineering developments?
Is the ‘Virgin Queen’ an accurate representation of Elizabeth I?
How are the metaphysical poets’ relationships with God represented?
What are the factors which influence Yr 6 motivation in literacy?
To what extent is ‘virtual mirror box therapy’ effective in treating stroke patients?
To what extent have the manufacture and distribution of antiretroviral drugs impacted on the lives of HIV/Aids sufferers in sub-Saharan Africa?
Examples of practical projects
The staging of an Elton John tribute concert.
An analysis of portable showers and the production of a portable, fold up shower.
Comparison of two methods to extract sulphide components from garlic to determine which has the greater antimicrobial activity.
The use of drama to address bullying in secondary schools.
The design and production of a steam motored engine.
Writing and producing a pop song.
An exploration of Philip Taaffe and African Themes in art.
How far has the legacy of post-World War II fashion been interpreted in the work of contemporary designers (designing and making a dress).
The project starts after the AS exams in the summer term of Year 12 and should be completed and submitted after Christmas in Year 13 (deadlines will be published). Students work
with a supervisor who supports them through the research process. However the emphasis of this project is on independent research.
The skills, knowledge and understanding developed through the investigation are highly valued by universities and students might use this project in their UCAS personal statement, at interview stage for higher education and to support their personal aspirations and career development.