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Extended Project Qualification

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Exam Type:

The EPQ allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) students: 

  • become more critical, reflective and independent learners
  • develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills
  • learn to apply new technologies confidently
  • demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.

Undertaking an EPQ can also deliver other benefits for students and schools, such as:

  • boosting student recruitment by making your curriculum more attractive
  • increasing student motivation by allowing them to study topics of personal interest
  • enabling students to apply their new skills to other areas of study.

Exam Board: AQA

Course Content:

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your students’ skills in independent research and project management.

Assessment: Students will be required to submit either a 5000 word report or produce an artefact plus a 1000 word report. In both cases this would be followed with the delivery of a presentation on your project to a non-specialist audience.

Is it recognised by universities or employers?

The EPQ is awarded UCAS points worth half an A-level and is recognised by universities and employers; some leading universities, such as Southampton University, make alternative offers to students undertaking an EPQ.

How does the EPQ relate to a student’s programme of study?

The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production.


A student can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies.