Your Project title can relate to a current area of study such as a GCSE or A level, allowing you to study a specific area in more depth. Here are some ideas.

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A level subject areas

If you're currently studying or have an interest in one of these subjects, why not look at an area of your A level in greater depth?

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Art and Design?

Students can use the Extended Project to build in-depth knowledge, thought and understanding of an artistic movement, a style of art or a specific time period.

Here are some suggestions:

  • In-depth investigation into an artist or type of style set in the A level externally set assignment
  • Work with a local company to create a piece of work to a brief
  • Investigate different types of styles and methods.

Sample titles

  1. Nature’s vessels: Design and make a series of ceramic forms based on natural containers such as seedpods, shells or nests.
  2. Portrait and personality: Make a series of 2D or 3D images based on the theme of portraiture.
  3. Illustration: Make illustrations for either a poem or a children’s story of your choice.
  4. Erosion and decay: Produce a series of images (paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed media) based on the theme of erosion and decay.

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Business?

Students can choose to research any aspect of business, which they may already be studying or have additional interest in. They could research and develop a new business idea or focus on a topical subject affecting businesses today.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Research collected for a new business idea or product could be used and developed to write a Project.

  • A business topic/theme from A level - such as managing people, making strategic decisions or assessing competitiveness - could be turned into a Project title.

  • Specialising in a specific business topic or focusing on current issues affecting international businesses could help in applying for a university place.

Sample titles

  1. Is free trade the way forward?
  2. What is the impact of fair trade on both developed and developing nations?
  3. A research study based on the marketing and enterprise skills used by two rival companies in a local town centre.
  4. How do supermarkets gain competitive advantage? A case study of Tesco and Sainsbury's.
  5. How important is market research in producing a successful business project?
  6. How do successful businesses use ICT? - a case study approach.
  7. What are the ethical issues in trade relations between the West and China?
  8. Should businesses change their practice to respect the environment?
  9. Is the only aim of business to make maximum profit?

See our Business leaflet for more information.

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How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Design and Technology?

Students can use the Extended Project to build in-depth knowledge, thought and understanding of the Product Design and Food Technology wider focus. Testing ideas and methods can help them in their selection of products and techniques for A level.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Work with a local company or community to fulfil a need or brief they create
  • Investigate a company and how it develops product design from concept to manufacture
  • Investigate the health and fitness side of Food Technology, including dietary restrictions and eating plans.

Sample titles

  1. Recycled: Design and make a collection of sophisticated jewellery or body adornment from unconventional recycled materials.
  2. The issue is … : Produce graphic material (such as illustrations, posters or leaflets) for a promotional campaign on an issue of your choice. The subject may be social, environmental, ethical or political, for example.
  3. What does being healthy mean to you? A case study of the effects of food standard guidelines on people’s eating habits.
  4. How do our senses affect our food preferences?
  5. Is there a perceptible difference between organic and non-organic food?

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Drama?

Students can extend their exploration of contrasting play texts in Unit 1 to explore more practitioners or more texts, or extend their Exploration Notes into a report on their performance.

Students could write a report on their Unit 2 performance and turn this, or the production of an original piece of theatre in Unit 3, into a Project title.

Sample titles

  1. How can live performance engage an audience in the current technological age?
  2. What role does comedy have in serious culture?
  3. Can Brechtian techniques be successfully applied to today's social and political issues?
  4. How can we make classical texts popular to new audiences?

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Economics?

Students can choose to research any aspect of economics that they may already be studying or have additional interest in, further developing the skills in knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation that are at the core of A level Economics.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Economic theory learned throughout the course could be applied to a topical example in a Project - for example, predicting the possible impact of a new government policy to manage the economy, investigating changing patterns of demand for digital music, or the austerity versus economic growth debate.

  • A topic/theme from A level could be turned into a Project title - for example, in Unit 4 Topic 8, students could base their investigation on strategies for promoting growth and development, or examine the use of fair trade.

  • To provide stretch and challenge, students could undertake an investigation into different topics - for example, undertaking an investigation into the developing countries in Unit 4 Topic 6.

  • Specialising in a specific area of economics - such as labour economics or monetary economics, or analysing data and economic models to suggest solutions to real-world problems and predict future trends - could help in applying for a university place.

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level English Language / English Literature / English Language and Literature?

Students can choose to research any aspect of English, which they may already be studying or have additional interest in. They could research and develop a new area of interest, or focus on a topical subject which is of interest to the English community.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Creative writing, transformation and adaptation could be turned into a Project activity either as a performance or as an artefact

  • Capturing and analysing views and information on contemporary debates such as:
    • book prize competitions and their effects on the reading public
    • the functions of book festivals
    • teaching phonics to young children
    • the developing field of forensic linguistics
    • the influence of digital communication on the use of the English language
    • research into a topic, theme, period, author or work of interest could be used for a Project dissertation

could form the Project investigation and help in applying for a university place.

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level General Studies?

Students can investigate the three key areas of the contemporary world - culture, science and society - which they may already be studying, and focus on an area of key interest or something completely different.

Here are some suggestions:

  • A topic/theme from the A level General Studies specification - such as mass media, democracy or religious beliefs - could be turned into a Project title

  • Specialising in a specific topic area of interest could help in applying for a university place.

See our General Studies leaflet for more information.

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How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Geography?

Students can choose to research any aspect of geography, which they may already be studying; develop their investigation or field study; or focus on something completely different.

It's a great way to get more out of your A level field trips, as data can be collected for the Project title.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Research and data collected for any fieldwork could be used to write a Project
  • A geographical topic or theme from A level could be turned into a Project title
  • Specialising in a specific geographical area of interest could help in applying for a university place.

See our geography leaflet for more information.

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How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Government and Politics?

Students can further explore the key themes in political analysis through the four routes at A2 level, which they may already be studying. They could focus on an area of key interest, or on something completely different.

Here are some suggestions:

  • A topic or theme from A level - such as the representative process in the USA, UK political issues, or structures of global politics - could be turned into a Project title
  • Specialising in the study of politics or a particular area of interest could help in applying for a university place.

See our government and politics leaflet for more information.

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How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level History?

  • A level students could choose to look at one of their A2 History unit 3 controversies in more detail and carry out an Extended Project such as ‘To what extent was Germany responsible for the outbreak of the First World War?’

  • A level students could choose to specialise in an area of interest while doing their A2 coursework enquiry and carry out an Extended Project which could help in applying for a university place - for example, ‘What was the impact of the Cold War on the growth of Arab nationalism?’

  • AS students who have decided not to continue with History A level could continue with the subject by doing an Extended Project - such as, ‘Why did civil war break out in the United States?’ - in a year.

  • A level students who are following a modern GCE History course could broaden their historical knowledge by carrying out an Extended Project on an early period of history. An example might be, ‘How extensive was English resistance to the Norman conquerors in the decade after the Battle of Hastings?’

See our history leaflet for more information.

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We've created a document and a PowerPoint that show you some ways you can link the Extended Project with A level History ideas and concepts, as well as giving additional guidance on possible titles and the structure of the Project.

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Have you thought about offering the Project qualification in your school?

The Project is an exciting qualification that can be linked to and support GCSE or A level language studies. It allows students to focus on a specific GCSE or A level modern foreign language topic area, if desired; it can raise intercultural understanding; and it enables students to undertake project work with an international dimension.

Logical links to language studies

Students can choose to link their Project research to a theme or topic that they are already studying as part of their language study - or they could focus on a completely different area. Student work would need to be undertaken in English, but this would not prevent students from undertaking some target-language research and could coincide with (and significantly support) other target-language work. What’s more, the Project qualification prepares students for progression and carries SCAAT and UCAS points.  

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Music or Music Technology?

Students can use the Extended Project to build in-depth knowledge and understanding of a musician or composer, or of a specific style, time period or movement.

Here are some suggestions:

  • In-depth investigation into a musician and the impact they had on music of a particular type (such as jazz or pop)
  • Further investigation into the style of one of the A level Music set works
  • Investigating composition methods and traditional sequencing.

Sample titles

  • How can live performance engage an audience in the current technological age?
  • Is music effective as a tool for motivating workers?
  • How can we make classical texts popular to new audiences?
  • How can we express the rhythms of eastern cultures and communicate them to a western audience?

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Philosophy?

If you're looking for a new approach to the Extended Project qualification, you might want to consider aiming it at students with an interest in philosophy. Our new schemes of work (below) show you two ways in which you can teach it - over a one- or two-year course.

Students can choose to research any aspect of philosophy, which they may already be studying or have additional interest in. Alternatively, they could research and develop a new area of interest, or focus on a topical subject which is of interest to the philosophy community.

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How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Physical Education?

Students can choose to research any aspect of Physical Education which they may already be studying or have an additional interest in. Alternatively, they could focus on further opportunities locally, nationally and internationally; research performance analysis, fitness or training methods; or focus on a topical subject such as healthy lifestyles, which could help in applying for a university place.

Sample titles

  1. What are the long-term health effects of binge drinking?
  2. How can training and diet improve flat-water canoe techniques?
  3. How can sports fitness improve through football?

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Psychology?

Students can choose to research any aspect of psychology, which they may already be studying or have an additional interest in. Alternatively, they could research and develop a new area of interest or focus on a topical subject, which is of interest to the psychology community.

Here are some suggestions:

  • A topic or theme from A level, such as Social and Cognitive Psychology
  • Specialising in a particular area of psychology could help when applying for a university place.

How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level Religious Studies?

Students can use the Project to build in-depth knowledge, thought and understanding of the Modern World and Religion as part of their A level Religious Studies course.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Undertaking an individual research project could support the opportunity for independent study in unit 2
  • A religious topic or theme from the A level course could be turned into a Project title
  • Specialising in a religious area of interest could help in applying for a university place.

Sample titles

  1. Can you believe in God and the Big Bang?

See our Religious Studies leaflet for more information.

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How can I link the Extended Project to Edexcel A level sciences?

Students can choose to research any aspect of the sciences, which they may already be studying or have additional interest in. This can involve research of different kinds, including experimentation, surveys and the use of secondary evidence.

Here are some suggestions:

  • In Physics, students could build on their knowledge of forces and of properties of materials by investigating the way in which this knowledge is used in applied disciplines, such as engineering and architecture

  • In Biology, students could carry out secondary research into advances in gene therapy and consider the ethics of this rapidly developing area of science

  • In Chemistry, students could build on their knowledge of chemical analysis techniques and their use in a variety of disciplines, such as medicine. They could also investigate how our knowledge of bonding in biochemistry has influenced the development of supramolecular chemistry and the development of nanomolecules.

Sample titles

  1. Is it ethical to genetically engineer babies for designer purposes?
  2. Will we find life in the solar system?
  3. What is the impact of Dark Energy?
  4. Can we justify human space exploration?
  5. Can you believe in God and the Big Bang?

Other subject areas

Suggested title:

  • Solar variability near solar minimums, and its effect on cloud cover.

Suggested titles:

  1. What are the ethical issues around 'size-zero' models?
  2. Should anyone be allowed to become a foster parent?
  3. Do government health campaigns affect levels of binge drinking?

Suggested titles:

  1. Do violent computer games contribute to anti-social behaviour?
  2. Is wi-fi safe?

Suggested titles:

  1. Do teaching assistants have a beneficial effect on the attainment of learners in the primary and secondary sectors?
  2. How have children’s likes and dislikes changed since they moved from primary to secondary school?