Why choose this specification?
The Level 1 and 2 Projects are standalone qualifications designed to extend and develop your students' skills in independent research and project management.
How Projects relate to a student's study
The Projects require students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen that is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.
A student can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies.
Projects are overseen by project supervisors, typically a teacher who is not a specialist in the chosen area. The supervisor guides their student through the process; they do not guide the content or unduly influence the outcome of their research, so it is often preferable that a supervisor isn't a subject expert.
The Projects are the perfect way to encourage your students to extend and develop beyond the material being covered in class and explore their passion for a subject.
The Foundation level is a versatile Project Qualification providing opportunities to engage and motivate all learners with different capabilities. It can be offered as a standalone qualification, a compulsory element of a level 1 Diploma or as an extension of other Level 1 qualifications or vocational qualifications such as Modern Apprenticeships.
We've designed it to fit easily into your curriculum, so you could use it to stretch and challenge high achievers, as part of a Gifted and Talented programme, or as a stepping stone to the Higher and Extended Projects and a path to higher education.
The Foundation Project can encourage students who struggle with traditional academic study by inspiring them to complete a practical project, such as producing an artefact or learning a new practical skill. They could in the process:
- gain a focus for learning at school
- build sufficient confidence to engage with other subjects.
Our specification is designed to allow both these possibilities, and to provide a clear structure within which, with some guidance, all learners can:
- develop transferable and core skills to apply in a future workplace, apprenticeship or further study
- become inquisitive and independent learners
- experience new areas and methods of study, including how to plan and review their progress
- if needed, use ICT and appropriate technologies with assurance.