Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Level 3 - Advanced Level

Exam Board: AQA

Hugh Christie Guide to the EPQ click here


What is the EPQ?

  • It is a free-standing qualification equivalent to an AS level and graded A* to E.
  • You choose, plan and design a project.
  • You get to explore a further aspect of an A-level subject that you are already studying, or choose a topic that you have a personal interest in.
  • The finished project can be a purely written report, a performance, a piece of art, a community project, a DVD or a piece of computer software.
  • The project is finally presented to a non-specialist audience.

Advantages to the student

  • It is great for your University application and provides lots to write about in your personal statement
  • It will be also be a great discussion point during job or university interviews
  • An extra AS level qualification
  • Great for study skills development
  • Your chance to pursue a passion and get a qualification for it!

Entry Requirements

This is available to all students studying an A level curriculum pathway.

How is the EPQ assessed?

The EPQ is assessed in four key areas:
  1. Managing a project yourself
  2. Using resources you have selected
  3. Developing and realising a project
  4. Reviewing the project
Skills are tracked in a compulsory Log Book, which forms a large part of your final marks.

How is the EPQ taught?

You will attend regular sessions with a supervisor who will develop the necessary skills required to help you complete your project. Students are encouraged to also develop these  independently using online using university resources and courses.
The project is completed independently by students.