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Does anyone know anything about the Extended Projects offered in place of ASs? My college is offering four (Global Perspectives, Geographical Investigations, Social Science and a Science one) and I'm considering taking one. All I've been told is that they're worth the same as an AS in terms of UMS, and it's an independent piece of research on pretty much any topic within the project we choose to follow.

Are these new, or have they been around for a while and has anyone else taken one? Are they worth doing?
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(Original post by Quail)
Does anyone know anything about the Extended Projects offered in place of ASs? My college is offering four (Global Perspectives, Geographical Investigations, Social Science and a Science one) and I'm considering taking one. All I've been told is that they're worth the same as an AS in terms of UMS, and it's an independent piece of research on pretty much any topic within the project we choose to follow.

Are these new, or have they been around for a while and has anyone else taken one? Are they worth doing?
They are considerably new, they're about a year old (I think). Yep, they're worth an AS level and some universities (like UCL) accept them in place of a fourth AS. My sixth form offers them but we can to them on any topic we want. I'm doing it now. You need to do primary research as well (for some titles) like interviewing a doctor or something. It's difficult as it's a 5000 word essay but I really enjoy my title. If you can cope with the load of another AS then do it, if you can't don't. Remember June exams are coming up soon so don't put extra strain on yourself if you can't handle it
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oh and Russell group unis love the extended project!
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DON'T DO IT!! Well obviously it's up to you and i suppose universities like them but i wish i'd just done an independent research project and told universities about that rather than take the actual qualification. I hate the way you have to write all your planning down in such a rigid way and you're obviously doing it to please the examiner. It's too much like an A level in my opinion because you have to stick to assessment objectives so much.
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DON'T DO IT!! Well obviously it's up to you and i suppose universities like them but i wish i'd just done an independent research project and told universities about that rather than take the actual qualification. I hate the way you have to write all your planning down in such a rigid way and you're obviously doing it to please the examiner. It's too much like an A level in my opinion because you have to stick to assessment objectives so much.
What are the assessment objectives like? Do you have much freedom once you've chosen your topic, or is it sort of difficult because you're bound by all the boxes you have to tick, so to speak? And what do you do in the lessons? Hmm, the idea of explaining all the planning in painstaking detail reminds me a little too much of the horrendous coursework involved in Geography GCSE...
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(Original post by Quail)
What are the assessment objectives like? Do you have much freedom once you've chosen your topic, or is it sort of difficult because you're bound by all the boxes you have to tick, so to speak? And what do you do in the lessons? Hmm, the idea of explaining all the planning in painstaking detail reminds me a little too much of the horrendous coursework involved in Geography GCSE...
I don't have lessons i just meet with my supervisor to check it's going okay every so often. They're marked mainly on the paperwork and evaluation of your work rather than the actual essay or project. You do have freedom in the actual essay but i don't think it's worth all the complying to paperwork etc! You have to show them you've developed skills etc by taking the qualification. My college made me put it on my cambridge application saying it would be good at interview but they never asked me about it as it would probably be too obvious that i'd prepared it.
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