Extended Project Qualification (AQA)

The Extended Project Qualification is a single piece of work, chosen by the student, that requires evidence of planning, preparation, research and independent working. It is an ideal opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise in an area of interest or for a future career. The extended project is a freestanding qualification. It is graded A*- E and worth half an A Level. It is highly valued by universities and higher education institutions.

Students have the choice of format for their project. It can be a 5000 word written project or a 1000 word written project accompanied by an artefact, design, creation or performance. In addition, students produce a logbook that reflects on all stages of the project, from initial ideas to completion.

Examples of written projects:
– Should the Monarchy be abolished in favour of a Republican state?
– 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?
– To what extent is ‘virtual mirror box therapy’ effective in treating stroke patients?

Examples of practical projects:
– An exploration into the similarities and differences between various Sacred Christmas songs (recording and performance)
– Comparison of two methods to extract sulphide components from garlic to determine which has the greater antimicrobial activity (science experiment)
– What challenges do both horse and rider face when performing the ‘perfect dressage test? (Creation and performance of a dressage test)
– An investigation into Art Deco design and how it has influenced contemporary aesthetics and developments in design of a railway station (artefact- architectural design in paint with model)
– 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 by February of Year 13 (deadlines will be published). Students work with a supervisor who supports them through the research process, although 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.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Students cannot apply for this qualification until the Spring term of Year 12, when they will be invited to submit a proposal form for consideration.

Updated January 2019