AQA Baccalaureate. Post 16 Students at Downend have the opportunity to study for the AQA Baccalaureate as part of their Core Programme. To achieve this qualification students have to successfully complete three A2 Levels, AS General Studies, 100 hours of
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Post 16 Students at Downend have the opportunity to study for
the AQA Baccalaureate as part of their Core Programme.
To achieve this qualification students have to successfully
complete three A2 Levels, AS General Studies, 100 hours of
community service and an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
(AS Level) This is a fantastic opportunity for our students which
is being offered to just over 100 schools in the UK.
For the EPQ, students will research their own hypothesis and
produce a report which is like a small dissertation. Students can
choose a topic which could be an extension of their A Level
Studies or a completely separate interest of their choice.
More information can be found on the PowerPoint entitled EPQ
Designed to develop critical thinking/citizenship skills through – General Studies, Critical Thinking or Citizenship to AS Level.
Community participation (for example community work in local schools, hospitals, charities); Work-related learning; Personal development activities eg Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, debating society etc.
The Extended Project will develop students’ abilities to manage tasks using their own initiative and resources
Recognised, academic study in-depth
The Bacc is built on the solid foundation of students main A Level choices.
The extended project will allow students time to study a subject in depth and to develop independent research and study skills. It will be a single piece of work requiring a high degree of planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. Projects will differ by subject but will all require students to persist and explore a subject independently and in depth.
All projects should demonstrate ‘extension’ of the students’ knowledge and understanding and should not be a repetition of a task that could be assessed as part of another qualification.
(Briefing for HE)
We would want the project to develop in the student independent thinking, independent research skills, analytical skills, critical thinking skills, extended argumentation skills and essay writing skills, as well as basic presentation skills – the balance between these depending, of course, on the subject of study. If implemented and delivered properly, such a project would be enormously beneficial to students…
(University of Cambridge response to
14-19 Education White Paper)
The extended project is a qualification that:
that shows evidence of: planning, preparation, research and
programme and will be graded on a six point scale of A*-E
involve group projects subject to group members’ roles being
The extended project are:
testing a wider range of skills
presentation, synthesis and evaluation skills
piece of work
for higher education and employment.
The extended project is a single piece of work of a student’s choosing that requires evidence of planning, preparation, research and autonomous working…
An extended project is about the size of half an A level…
The aim of the extended project is to strengthen programmes of study for 16 to 19-year-olds, testing a wider range of skills…
Students might use their project at interview stage for higher education and/or in their personal statement on the UCAS form…
Points for A* to be determined in 2008
project (or task within a group project), applying
organisational skills and strategies to meet stated
Skills and Key Skills
skills teaching, advice given and acted upon)
appropriate to the type of project
any questions from supervisors