"The Extended Project will allow students to develop their critical reasoning skills, their analytic skills and even their project management skills among others, which is something we really value in universities for the kind of stretch and challenge all universities expect their students to engage with and achieve."
Janice Kay, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Exeter University
Students prepare a personal project based upon interest, further study requirement or career choice. Students are supervised by their Sixth Form tutor in small tutorials. Students are taught key skills in order to complete their written project or artifact. A substantial number of hours need to be completed unsupervised and as such the school allots one study period a week to this end. The object of this report is to show evidence of research, referencing, analysis, project management and review. Where possible an expert advisor from the teaching body is assigned to the student. Projects are externally marked in the same way that coursework is marked, and count as an AS examination in their own right, contributing points towards university entrance.
extended projects completed by Alice Smith students vary greatly in
subject-matter which signifies the diverse interests and opportunities the
school has on offer. These are just a selection from the 2013 cohort.
sport, what makes the best, the best?
is the brains and neurotransmitters role in psychopathology?
is the relativity theory by Einstein and how is this related to the neutrinos
traveling faster than light?
all communist states be considered totalitarian regimes?
was it so difficult to exceed the speed of sound?
the ethics of using a 3D bio-printer to print human body parts and organs in
relation to its economic and social effects
are the different types of blood doping methods, how do they work and what are
the differences between these various methods, what sports are they
predominantly used in and why?
does the design of a primary school classroom affect the learning efficiency of
the Insanity defense a valid defense, or an escape of justice?
people in positions of high status take advantage of the power they obtain?
Cancer - Why is there still no treatment for the deadly disease yet?
is Japanese culture reflected in/affecting Japanese horror films? (focusing on
the works of Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Takashi Miike, Hideo Nakata and Takashi
"General Studies links well to a number of other subjects (especially humanities or other essay writing subjects). The skills of analysing and interpreting sources, seeing bias, and understanding flaws are key skills with you can easily bring into many areas. I also think that being able to argue well, or see flaws in your own arguments is a really useful skill to have in life. Also the ability to see both sides of an argument develops the way to interpret the world and understand your own views. I think this will prove of use later on in life, as well as more immediately or at university." Alice Smith Sixth Form student
Under this section, students complete the AS General Studies course. This is a recognised AS course in its own right. Students review current issues in the media and learn how to deconstruct and construct an argument. There are elements of debating and researching. This section is assessed by a formal examination.
"The skills obtained from the course, such as data analysis and evaluation of sources, help me in my exams, especially when answering comprehension questions and justifying my stand." Alice Smith Sixth Form student
Life as a
Sixth Form student at the Alice Smith School is about so much more than the
courses students choose to study. We pride ourselves on the Alice Smith School
experience that ensures that our students are well rounded, well prepared young
adults, ready to face the world of work and higher education. Accordingly,
students in the Sixth Form are expected to follow an enrichment programme
designed to deliver this breadth and depth.
activities are defined by the AQA Examinations Board as ‘the extra-curricular
activities and experiences that broaden horizons, develop new skills and
cultivate personal and social qualities such as commitment, good citizenship,
initiative, leadership and team spirit.’
“I really enjoyed myself in school. UNHCR and the various school
events such as the Charity Dinner and International Week have been a positive
influence on my school life”
Alice Smith Sixth Form student
Enrichment element of the AQA Baccalaureate qualification plays a vital role in
helping students to develop soft skills and personal qualities that will help
to prepare them for university, employment and adulthood.
In order to meet the Enrichment requirements of the AQA
Baccalaureate, students are expected to complete a minimum of 100 hours of
enrichment activities. At least two of the following three core areas must be
included, with a minimum of 30 hours spent on any one area.
- Work Related Learning
- Community Participation
- Personal Development Activities
"My Wider Learning day experience
with UNHCR was something I'd definitely do again. Learning how to teach English
(the TEFL course), something I initially expected to be a simple task, turned
out to be much more complex, and the variety of techniques we learnt are really
helpful skills that I can use again and again for future charity work I wish to
do. The kids at UNHCR were unbelievably lovely and it was such a pleasure to
teach them. The interactions we had with them really made the whole day so
rewarding and worthwhile, not once did I think of teaching the kids as 'work',
because it really was so enjoyable. It's something I would definitely advise
others to do!"
Alice Smith Sixth Form student
keep a record of their Enrichment through the Online Enrichment Diary where
they are expected to make full, descriptive, reflective journal entries about
their activities. At the end of each term, students write a fuller comment
reflecting on their overall Enrichment progress so far. Deadlines are set
throughout the academic year with expected number of hours completed at each
checkpoint. This is to support students in managing their time over the course
of the year.