The Level 2 Higher Project Qualification is a GCSE course that enables Year 11 students to achieve a half GCSE at grades A*-C. It asks students to complete a research project based on an area of personal academic interest. This challenging qualification requires students to establish a research question, complete a review of current literature, conduct data collection and analysis and evaluate their research process. In addition to compiling a final report or dissertation, some students have also created artefacts as part of their research projects.
This course aids the development of many key skills such as independent learning, research and critical thinking, which are valued by both employers and universities. It is also an opportunity to show academic commitment to your chosen subject and to explore a topic you enjoy for its own sake.
Students will find all resources needed to guide their independent study on their Edmodo page, and are encouraged to visit this site regularly.
In 2015-2016, 2/3 of students who completed the Higher Project Qualification received an A* grade, with the remaining students achieving an A grade.
Past research questions have been interesting and varied:
- How can virtual reality games benefit education in the future?
- How does the mindset of an individual affect the rate of improvement of physical activity?
- With 10,000+ hours, can anybody become a musical virtuoso?
- Is the separation of the Olympic and the Paralympic Games just another example of segregation in our society?
- Are individuals disabled because they are restricted physically, emotionally or psychologically, or, because they are restricted by conditions within their society?
- How will robot singularity affect the world we live in?
- Why do some serial killers have murder patterns and what does this reveal about them?