Extended Project

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Course introduction

For those with an inquisitive mind who enjoy a personal challenge, the extended project provides an opportunity to explore an area of interest in greater detail. You will conduct independent research into a topic of your choice to develop your understanding, guided by a specialist tutor who will support you by raising questions for you to explore and answer. A project will culminate in a 5000 word dissertation or creation of an artefact and a presentation.

Who should follow the programme?

To access the qualification, you will need to have a good selection of high grades at GCSE.

What activities can you expect to experience?

  •  Students will be offered opportunities to visit Russell Group universities, both city and campus based. Previous destinations have included Sheffield, Durham, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester
  • Participation in ‘Study Skills Seminars’ led by PHD research scholars from Leeds and Manchester universities
  • Participation in Manchester University Access Programme, which can potentially lead to a reduced offer from Manchester University. Participants complete some independent work set by Manchester University and attend various sessions there.
  • Participation in Lancaster Mentoring Programme, this includes visits from a ‘Student Mentor’, a current student at Lancaster University. It involves help with completion of personal statements for university applications

What about trips and visits?

  • Visits to prestigious universities including the University of Manchester and Lancaster University among others

You will develop the following employability skills:

  • Project Management skills; planning, target setting and evaluation
  • Library skills, using academic resources, accessing journal systems
  • Evaluation and analysis of resources
  • Academic writing skills; how to plan the layout of your report, referencing
  • Self-reflection and evaluation
  • Presentation skills
  • Decision-making, adaptability and initiative

What will this elective lead to after SJR?

The Extended Project qualification will be a great benefit when applying for prestigious universities as the skills developed can be discussed in students’ personal statements as part of the application process. It also demonstrates passion for a subject area and students being prepared to take on an extra commitment. In effect, students will have used university level skills before having actually started university. Some of the most prestigious universities in the UK are very keen on applicants who have completed the Extended Project Qualification:

Cambridge University, ‘We welcome the introduction of the Extended Project and would encourage you to undertake one as it will help you develop independent study and research skills and ease the transition from school/college to higher education.’

Warwick University, ‘Applications presenting the Extended Project are encouraged to discuss their research in their personal statement and reflect on how undertaking the project will help prepare them for studying their chosen degree at Warwick.’

Manchester University, ‘The skills that students develop through the Extended Project are excellent preparation for university-level study. Students can refer to the Extended Project in their UCAS personal statements and at interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for. As a research- intensive university, The University of Manchester is very supportive of the skills the Extended Project encourages learners to develop.

Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Competitive sport

The college has a number of teams that play as part of the Association of College’s league and are very competitive each year. We play games on a Wednesday afternoon, so this will make up part of your time-table.

There will be trials for male and female football, male and female rugby league and netball on Wednesday 9th September at 1.30pm, meet at the Sports Hall. Following trials will be a pizza and soft drink meeting in the Sports Hall to give you more information on the season. Hockey and Basketball will follow during the first week. Details will be emailed.

  • Male Football
  • Female Football
  • Male Rugby League
  • Female Rugby League
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey