Students are required to study either the Extended Project Qualification or the Certificate in Personal Finance
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Extended Project allows learners to study a topic area
which extends their learning in their area of study, as a standalone qualification. Learners select one of the four units, which may be completed over one or two years. They should select a project topic which expands their learning in their field of study, in a related area, or that is relevant to their own personal interests.
This qualification will enable learners to:
• have significant input to the choice and design of their project and take
responsibility for an individual task or a defined task within a group project
• develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and
• develop and apply decision making and, where appropriate, problem solving skills
• extend their planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and
• where appropriate, develop as e-confident learners and apply relevant
technologies in their studies
• develop and apply skills, creatively demonstrating initiative and enterprise
• transfer skills developed as part of their project to other areas of study
• use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for further
education and/or career development.
The qualification consists of four units, one of which should be selected.
• Unit 1: Dissertation – a theoretical written project on any topic presenting an
argument, eg research into a biological, historical or environmental issue
• Unit 2: Investigation/Field Study – a practical investigatory project involving the
collection of data, eg a scientific investigation, a geographical study of erosion, a biological study of pollution, a statistical survey
• Unit 3: Performance – development of practical skills resulting in a performance,
eg performing music, drama, sport
• Unit 4: Artefact – for example, making a painting or sculpture, designing a piece
of furniture or a garment, creating a website, solving an engineering/construction problem, producing a piece of graphic design.
Learners are required to:
select a topic/area of interest for an in-depth study that provides opportunities to
develop skills, knowledge and understanding, and to negotiate with their tutor assessor the scope of that project
• select a topic that is agreed by the centre and, if appropriate, an employer
• identify and draft an objective(s) for their project (eg in the form of a question,
hypothesis, problem, challenge, outline of proposed performance, issue to be investigated or commission for a client) and provide a rationale for their choice
• produce a plan for how they will deliver their intended outcome
• conduct research as required by the project brief, using appropriate techniques
• develop the intended outcome using selected tools and techniques safely,
demonstrating the ability to pursue an extended project through to completion
• share the outcome of the project, including an evaluation of the outcome and their
own learning and performance with another or others, using appropriate communication methods
GCSEs Grade 4-9 in English.