Exam Board: AQA    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Whilst there are no formal entry requirements to pursue the Extended Project Qualification alongside chosen A Levels and/or BTEC subjects, it is vitally important that students understand the degree of independence and challenge this course represents.

Reasons to study the Extended Project Qualification

We are excited to offer students the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) beginning September 2024. The AQA Extended Project will sit as an added qualification to be pursued by ambitious academic students.

This qualification is worth 28 UCAS points which is equivalent to an AS Level, and is designed to give students an advantage when applying for competitive degree courses; in particular the Russell Group universities.

The Extended Project will clearly be a way of giving students the edge over their competitors. It is a separate qualification and potential EPQ students need to understand that it is a sizeable commitment and will require a great deal of independent work and study.

Course Outline

With appropriate supervision you will complete the following tasks during your EPQ:

Choose an area of interest:

Draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by your supervisor.

Plan, research and carry out the project.

Deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience.

Provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.

Assessment Outline

A wide variety of evidence may be submitted for assessment depending on the nature of the project. This may include:

A dissertation that analyses an academic debate or issue.

A report of your own primary research.

A short story or (very short) book.

A performance (dance, dramatic, or similar).

A website, programme, piece of art, a short film or media clip, a model or something you’ve made.

All projects must include a report of between 1000 and 5000 words depending on the exact nature of the project.

A project consisting solely of written work should be 5000 words.

Progression Routes and Career Paths

  • Researcher
  • Academic Scholar
  • Project Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Content Developer
  • Data Analyst
  • Curator/Archivist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Social Worker
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Education Consultant
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Business Analyst
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Legal Researcher

Further Information

For more information or if you have any questions about the Extended Project Qualification please contact:

Mr R Noye – Head of Sixth Form [email protected]