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Extended Project Qualification


The Extended Project Qualification is recognised and highly valued by universities, and carries up to 70 additional UCAS points.

It demonstrates excellent project and time management skills, as well as your interest in your chosen area of study, and it can help you to make the transition to Higher Education.



It is an optional additional qualification for students who are keen to extend their studies and commit to independent research. You will choose your area of study and complete an extended piece of work – either an essay based report or investigation, or a creative piece in this area. Projects can be related to a subject you study but should extend beyond A Level content.



Throughout the project you will keep a log to plan and review. At the end of the project you will deliver a presentation on the area of study. Students will have regular contact with their supervisor to guide them through the project.

The Extended Project Qualification is a great way to extend your studies and show your passion for a topic, as well as developing independent study, research, and time and project management skills which are integral to later life and higher education.


23rd April Expression of interest form closes

28th May

Students will be informed if application was successful based on assessment of subject work and teacher reference.

Students will be asked to complete a number of tasks; Proposal, Research around area, begin an Activity Log and make a plan for a Literature Review in preparation for September.

A Teams group will be created, named ‘EPQ 202122’.

All students who have been shortlisted by 28th May will be included on this group. Tasks will be added onto here with corresponding assignment deadlines, and all resources/instructions for each task will be uploaded to the ‘Files’ tab.

Students have the chance to change their mind between 28th May and 2nd July.

2nd July

HR to do final checks – looking at student progress and will create a final shortlist to enrol students during enrolment in August. Students can no longer withdraw from this point.

Enrolment will take place in August.

EPQ will begin at the start of term – September 2021. Students will be timetabled EPQ lessons and assigned an EPQ teacher.

Access criteria:

  • All students must be aware that they will only be shortlisted if they are ON TARGET or ABOVE TARGET in all of their other subjects, they have completed a successful expression of interest form and have a sound reference from one of their teachers.
  • Students can complete an EPQ as well as being part of the honours programme.


If you require any further information about EPQ, visit the website to browse the specification and any further details:

Edexcel Website > Extended Project Qualification