Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Exam board: AQA

Curriculum Content in each year:

EPQ provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare them for university and/ or a future career. It can be used to earn extra UCAS points and can be taken as a stand-alone qualification.

How it will be taught:

There will be taught sessions to help develop the range of skills needed for the Extended Project. These include: Research methods; Presentation skills; Project management skills; Dealing with ethical issues; Action planning; Self- and peer-evaluation skills to aid reflection on learning; and personal development.

You also need to complete a report showing your initial planning, a project outline, amid project review, and an end of project review, a summary of your project, a record of your presentation and your reflections on the project. The project involves 120 learning hours, 30 of which are guided. You will be expected to complete at least 90 hours of independent learning including research, critical analysis, problem solving, essay writing and self-reflection.


Students can: Complete a dissertation; produce an artefact e.g. sculpture, model or DVD; Develop and showcase a performance e.g. sport, drama or music; Conduct an investigation / field study.

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 (15-25%)- 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 (15-25%)- 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 (35-45%)- 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 (15-25%)- Evaluate outcomes including own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to convey and present outcomes and conclusions

Specific entry requirements: 6th form entry requirements

Future opportunities (careers, where it can lead, university, jobs etc.):

Employers like the skills it develops. It enables you to develop the higher level of research skills you will need in the world of work or as an undergraduate. It can be used to enhance your UCAS application i.e. If you are interested in a degree in Chemistry you can do your project based on a specific hypothesis. 

The Extended Project carries up to 28 UCAS points, depending on what grade you achieve. This can be used towards a points offer from a university; The Extended Project cannot be used against a grade offer (for example, AAA), but some universities may offer an alternative for candidates studying the Extended Project. Universities are also recognising the Extended Project as a valuable part of a student’s profile on their UCAS application.


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