Higher Project Qualification (Enrichment Curriculum)

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The Level 2 Higher Projects Qualification is offered as part of our enrichment curriculum. The HPQ challenges students to extend and develop beyond the material being covered in class and explore their passion for a subject. It helps our students discover the joys of independent learning, take responsibility for their studies and develop new life and study skills.

The Higher Projects Qualification requires students to carry out research on a topic of their choice, that isn’t covered by their other GCSE 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 who guide students through the process.

Learning Outcomes 

Students undertaking the HPQ will:

  • identify, design and complete an individual project, applying a range of organisational skills and strategies to meet agreed objectives
  • Obtain, critically select and use information from a range of sources. Analyse data, apply it relevantly and demonstrate an understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of the topic
  • Select and use a range of skills, solve problems, take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes
  • Evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed objectives and own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions in an appropriate format.

Students completing the HPQ are expected to undertake 30 hours of independent work in addition to the taught element.

Note that the HPQ is marked on the letters grading scale: A*, A, B and C.