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WJEC Extended Project Qualification

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

As the course is offered to students from a range of A-level backgrounds it can lead to multiple destinations. The extended project is often used to support students university applications for competitive courses such as medicine, pharmaceuticals and teaching.

Overview of the course: 

The course in an independent research project. Students will partake in taught sessions on topics such as ethics, research methods and constructing an argument. Students will partake in a range of individual research activities and will also attend a series of project review meetings, project proposal meetings. Students choose their own topic of interest and own project title. Students are given the choice of four styles of topic e.g. dissertation, artefact, report or performance. Students carry out a summative presentation.

Entry requirements: 

Students will need at least five 9-4 GCSE grades with a 6 in English or maths (depending on the extended project option which is selected).


All students cover the topics of constructing an academic argument, ethical dilemmas and research methods. After this students select their own topics of research. Students are advised to pick a topic that extends their knowledge in a specific subject area or a topic which will support their UCAS application.

How is the course assessed?: 

Students will be informally assessed throughout the course via one to one tutorials, and the submission of key information e.g. project proposal forms and drafts of final projects. Students final assessment will be externally marked by the exam board. Students will be assessed on their final project piece and accompanying presentation.

Further study options after this course: 

Students can progress onto university having demonstrated that they can use higher order thinking skills and work independently.

Length of the course: 

1 year course, delivered over 3 hours a week. The extended project runs alongside other AS / A Level / Level 3 subjects.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group or other work related benefit and you are undertaking this qualification to find work, your fees may be paid by the Government.

If you do need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (17 May 2019 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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