There are many reasons why the Extended Project is important to the academic development of students:
• Many universities like the qualification because it demonstrates a student’s ability to work independently and in much greater depth in their chosen area of study.
• Students demonstrate that they can identify, plan and manage a project; they can undertake research, collect evidence, draw conclusions and write up results into a finished project at an academic level; they are able to present findings, conclusions and evaluate their work to an audience.
The Extended Project is a qualification which promotes the ethos of independent study in one of the four areas available for study. (Dissertation / Investigation / Performance / Artefact) The qualification provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of a selected topic in much greater depth and helps prepare students for the work demands at university.
Admission to Highsted Sixth Form will be the main requirement as it is expected that all students will study an enrichment route. Students will need to submit a project proposal form that is assessed by the self-directed learning tutor before agreement is given to continue with the Extended Project.