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Course Details

Examining Board AQA
Duration 3 Years
Specification Code 7991/7992
Levels Level 1/2

The Foundation level (level 1) is a versatile Project Qualification providing opportunities to engage and motivate all students with different capabilities. 

Our Higher Project Qualification (level 2) allows students to discover the joys of independent learning, take responsibility for their own study and develop new life and study skills.

Purpose and Aims of Study

The Project Qualifications are stand-alone qualifications that help students develop broader study skills, offering a route into further and higher education and employment.

Together, they offer students a way of acquiring sophisticated study skills and a route into Higher Education and employment.

During the process at Heathermount we have noticed  they develop as independent, reflective students and acquire knowledge and transferable skills that are invaluable for further study and the workplace.

Assessment Details

There are three levels of project qualifications:

  • Level 1 Foundation
  • Level 2 Higher
  • Level 3 Extended

When completing a project qualification, students follow a clearly structured process: they plan, research their topic and create a product. The product of their project can be in one of three formats:

  • a research-based written report
  • a production* (e.g. charity event, fashion show, sports event etc.)
  • an artefact (e.g. a piece of art, a computer game, a realised design).

This work is all recorded in their Production Log and, finally, students deliver a presentation. Students are assessed on the product of their project and on the process itself.

Independent Learning

AQA - Project Level 1 - Past papers and mark schemes
AQA - Project Level 2 - Past papers and mark schemes

Curriculum Map

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3


Qualification explanation and learning outcomes

Example student work.

Project structure.

Study skills.

Timeline of small, medium and long term deadlines.

Aims of project

Background research

Referencing sources of information

Study skills

Purpose and types of research

Data collection - questionnaires

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Interpreting results

Presenting data

Drawing meaningful conclusions and recommendations

Project presentations