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Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification is a single piece of work of a student’s choosing that requires evidence of planning, preparation, research and independent learning. It is the equivalent of half an A Level but is assessed as an A2 qualification and is graded A*-E.

  • An Extended Project might be:
  • A report with findings from an investigation or study
  • A dissertation / essay presenting an argument
  • An artefact / item of design
  • A performance

The Extended Project offers opportunities for students to have significant input into the choice and design of an extended piece of work so that you can create your own A Level. The EPQ enables students to develop a wide range of academic skills which are vital for university study.

These include:

  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills, initiative and enterprise;
  • Planning, research, analytical, evaluation and presentation skills;

The Extended Project enables students to 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 excellent preparation 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 and some universities such as Sheffield and Southampton give preferential offers for those who study the EPQ.

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