Extended Project (EPQ)


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides an opportunity for students to extend their abilities beyond the A-level syllabus, prepare for university-level study and earn additional UCAS points. The Extended Project is a single piece of work of a student’s choosing that requires evidence of planning, preparation, research and independent learning. available as a stand-alone qualification for A-level and is worth half an A-level (70 UCAS points).

An Extended Project might be:

  • a design;
  • a report with findings from an investigation or study;
  • a report presenting an argument;
  • an artefact;
  • a performance.

The Extended Project offers opportunities for learners to:

  • have significant input into the choice and design of an extended piece of work;
  • develop and apply decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, initiative and enterprise;
  • extend their planning, research, critical-thinking, analytical, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills;
  • use their learning experiences to support their personal aspirations for higher education and career development.

The skills that students develop through the Extended Project are directly relevant to and useful for university-level study. Students can refer to the Extended Project in their UCAS personal statements and at interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for.

“Nearly 1 in 5 successful applicants to Durham had completed the EPQ” – The Sunday Times 16 Feb 2014.