Many students prefer coursework, because it’s a chance to showcase your academic abilities away from the high-pressured environment of the exam room, making it ideal for those who don’t perform to the best of their abilities in exams.
However, the time you have available for coursework, in contrast with the time constraints of the exam room, can lull some students into a false sense of security.
In this article, we look at how to produce excellent coursework, from planning to proofreading.
GCSE and A-level coursework typically takes the form of an extended essay or project.
If there’s something you’ve been working on for the course so far that you’ve particularly enjoyed, you may be able to focus more on this as part of your coursework.
For science coursework, you’ll need to choose something to investigate that you can measure, change and control; it should be what’s called a ‘fair test’, meaning that you have to acknowledge all the controls you use in the experiment and why.
Once you’ve completed your research, the process of writing up begins.
Before you get down to the actual writing, however, it’s advisable to write a plan for how you’re going to structure it – essentially an essay plan for English coursework and other subjects for which the coursework is based on an extended essay.
For any coursework, but particularly coursework based around an extended essay, you’ll need to perfect your essay-writing abilities.
For science coursework, writing up your project also involves data analysis, as you interpret the results of your experiment and work your notes into formal scientific language.