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The Foundation, Higher and Extended Project are qualifications at levels 1, 2 and 3, available to students in Wales and England as free standing qualifications. They provide students with an opportunity to carry out a study in depth, based on personal interest or an aspect of a subject they are studying. Learners are supported throughout the process by a supervisor and a teaching and learning programme, which will empower them with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success. The Extended Project is the equivalent of half an A level and attracts up to 70 points in the UCAS tariff.

These qualifications offer centres flexible timetabling options. Learners will have more choice over their studies than ever and an opportunity to develop useful transferable skills.

January 2014 Series

Foundation, Higher and Extended Project qualifications will be available for the January 2014 series for all centres.

Project title approvals

Centres offering the Foundation, Higher and Extended Project for the first time and centres which do not have staff authorised to approve project titles must submit all the Project Titles to WJEC for approval.  

Project Titles must be approved before the candidates can embark on their projects. It is highly recommended that project titles are approved at the earliest date possible to give candidates more time to do their project. 

Project Titles must be approved at least 6 months before the final submission date for the award the candidates are entering. For example, candidates being entered for the June 2014 awards (Summer Series), the project titles must be approved by 15 November 2013, 6 months before the 15 May 2014 submission date. 

The deadlines for approval of Project Titles are listed below.  Titles need to be sent for the attention of Tessa Gabriel-Davies, WJEC or by e-mail Tessa.Gabriel-Davies@wjec.co.uk 

Awards Series Deadline for Project Title Approved by:

  • January 2014 Series - 15 July 2013
  • June 2014 Series - 15 November 2013
  • January 2015 Series - 15 July 2014
  • June 2015 Series - 15 November 2014

Foundation, Higher and Extended Project Qualifications key dates.

Online Project title approver training

This is aimed at anyone working with learners following a Project Qualification at any of the three levels (Extended, Higher or Foundation).

  • Become your centre's Project title approver.
  • Train at your own convenience.

How To Become Project Title Approver for Your Centre

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much teaching and learning time is involved?

 Guided Learning HoursTeaching and Learning Programme
Foundation Project (Level 1)60At least 30 hours
Higher Project (Level 2)60At least 30 hours
Extended Project (Level 3)120At least 45 hours

 

2. What are the possible choices for Foundation, Higher or Extended Projects?

  • Written project - e.g. research into an historical, political, sociological, economic or cultural issue or perhaps a fictional work, film or theatre script
  • Field study - an investigation based on data e.g. in a geographical context
  • Scientific report based on research or experimentation
  • Media based submission e.g. CD Rom or DVD
  • Production of an art work or artefact e.g. sculpture, photography
  • Design project eg. construction
  • Performance-based activity e.g. role in drama production, film
  • Vocationally-based study e.g. workplace innovation, business plan
  • Sport or leisure-based study e.g. coaching, performance, skills analysis

Why choose WJEC?

A full range of personal, online and printed support will be provided by WJEC, including opportunities for formative assessment. Experienced WJEC practitioners will be available to visit centres to offer advice on project design and development, and specialist WJEC staff will also be able to discuss any queries by telephone.

If you would like to find out more about how your students can benefit from the Foundation, Higher or Extended Project, contact:

Tessa Gabriel-Davies
Telephone: 029 2026 5191
Email: tessa.gabriel-davies@wjec.co.uk

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