AoC has developed a Project Excellence Award in partnership with education charity AQA to showcase some of the excellent project work coming from college students and to promote the educational benefits of project qualifications.
Student projects are a great way to enhance the learning of all students, not just to accredit the skills of those who are already high performing. We think there is a lot more potential for project work across the full range of general and vocational programmes and at all levels, and there are at least ten reasons for offering project qualifications to more students.
Project qualification entries have been rising steadily although they are still only offered to a small proportion of college students, the vast majority at Level 3. This great blog from AQi describes how working on an Extended Project Qualification can support the development of metacognition and improve student achievement across their studies.
For the full educational potential of this approach to be realised, colleges would need dedicated funding over and above the basic study programme. There would also need to be more training for staff to support students with projects.
The AQA / AoC Project Excellence Award aims to celebrate the most interesting, exciting and inspirational student projects from Higher and Extended Project Qualifications. We want to recognise the fantastic range of research and artefacts produced and the skills developed by students. Projects will be recognised not for the grade awarded but for their originality, innovation, approach to research and potential to be of wider social benefit. The award is exam board neutral and open to all AoC member colleges.
Last year we received a variety of interesting and high-quality submissions which can be viewed here, we hope to increase the number of submissions for this year. Colleges can submit entries from the 2023 exam series up until 18 September and we would especially welcome applications from projects which produced artefacts, from HPQs, and from students taking a project alongside VTQs. Further details are available on our website here: Association of Colleges (aoc.co.uk)
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