Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) - AS only

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Introduction to the Course

The Extended Project requires students to create a single piece of work, requiring a high degree of planning, preparation and autonomous working. The projects that students complete will differ by subject, but all will require persistence over time and research skills to explore a subject independently in real depth.

All projects must include a written report of approximately 5000 words. However, this will depend on the nature of the project undertaken. Students can complete their project as a dissertation, investigation, artefact or performance. The project will conclude with a short presentation to a non-specialist audience.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements

Course Content

Students may study any topic they wish; there is no requirement for students to study an area within the range of subjects offered at A Level. Students may wish to study a topic related to the subject that they intend to study at university or an area of special interest. All students will attend seminars with a supervisor to support their planning. Success on this course will require strong self motivation and excellent organisational skills. The Extended Project Qualification is worth a maximum of 28 UCAS points for an A* Grade.


  • Completion of a detailed activity log
  • Written report
  • Short presentation of the process and the final project

Future Career Progression

An Extended Project is an excellent way to build up and develop excellent research skills while learning how to be more critical and analytical in evaluations. It presents a unique opportunity to examine a subject at considerable depth and uncover new interests whilst working towards a qualification.

Universities view the Extended Project very positively. The Extended Project gives students the opportunity to develop independent learning skills (e.g. project management, decision-making, problem-solving, planning research, critical thinking) that are important at university but which are undeveloped during A Level courses. Many universities will offer lower Grades based on an excellent Extended Project result.