Extended Project Qualification

Course summary

This qualification allows students to gain valuable UCAS points and a potential reduced offer at Russell Group Universities, whilst complementing their learning. If you plan to go to University, then we recommend that you complete the EPQ as you will develop valuable skills which the top Universities are looking for and the EPQ will give your UCAS application a competitive advantage.

The EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product.

We encourage creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to a student's main study programme but should look beyond the specification. A finished product may take the form of a:

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

The project is assessed through a production log, written report and presentation.


The extended project is an internally assessed qualification.

Students need to produce a production log, verified by the supervisor, a written report, supplementary evidence and a presentation.

Students will be assessed against four objectives:

AO1 Manage 

Identify, design, plan and complete the individual project or task within a group project, applying organisation skills and strategies to meet stated objectives

AO2 Use resources

Obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of their topic

AO3 Develop and realise 

Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve planned outcomes

AO4 Review

Evaluate outcomes including own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to convey and present outcomes and conclusions

 Exam board


 Entry requirements

The EPQ is taken alongside three other Level 3 (A Level or CTEC) qualifications.