Extended Project Qualification

Preparation for Life and Work

Preparation for Life and Work
Preparation for Life and Work
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code PA/B10
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3


Studying an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will give students the opportunity to study outside the curriculum and prepare students for both university and the world of work. Students will benefit from expanding on existing skills as well as developing new skills which can be transferred from an education environment to working life. EPQ offers students choice, they can select a topic  which interest them possibly related to a subject they are studying, the students can chose  how they present their project 


There are several types of EPQ – students can write a research-based report, put on an event like a charity fundraiser, make something such as a piece of art or model or put on a performance such as a musical. Other options include producing a piece of creative writing or multimedia. But although the choices are wide and varied, students must show that it is academically useful, either relating to their current course of study or future career. 

A research-based project involves writing a dissertation (usually 5,000 words); alternatives are backed up with a 1,000 word report. The final stage is a 10-15 minute presentation to a group of non-specialists about your topic. Students are expected to spend around 120 hours on their EPQ - although some take more time, others less. Students can expect support and guidance from a supervisor (normally a teacher) and most do their research in the summer holidays following year 12 and complete the project in the first term of year 13.

How will it be delivered?

EPQs are currently graded A* to E and they are worth up to half an A level, as well as UCAS points. An A* in the EPQ is worth 70 UCAS points, an A 60, B 50, C 40, D 30 and an E 20. 

EPQs are offered by AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC, and although the marking schemes vary, this is a general guide to the grading breakdown: 

20% - Project planning and time management: how you use the time and resources available 

20% - Using resources and research skills: how you collect and use information 

40% - Developing an idea and producing an outcome: how you plan and create the project outcome 

20% - Evaluation and presentation: your reflection on the project process and communication of the project to others

Entry requirements

Students who follow Pathway A and B will also complete the Extended Project Qualification. We expect our Sixth Formers to have achieved at least a Grade 4 in both their English and Maths GCSEs, and at least 3 other qualifications at 4+.

Your next steps...

Many universities and employers look favourably at EPQs when assessing applications 

EPQs help develop skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, presentation and creativity 

EPQs help prepare you for managing independent research and project management, which are common features of university study and the world of work 

You choose the subject, so it helps you delve deep and become an expert into topics you feel passionately about 

An EPQ can give you something unique to talk about in interviews - if it’s related to the university course or job you’re applying for, even better 

It could widen your options for funding – some university’s scholarships require students to hold a research project qualification