Extended Project Qualification A Level

Transition Activities

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About the Course

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) assesses the independent study skills required to succeed at university.It allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic of their choice, plan, research and develop their idea and finally decide on a finished product. EPQ encourages creativity and curiosity. The project topic may be directly related to a student’s other A level subjects or it can be based purely on something that they are interested in. 

EPQ carries UCAS points equivalent to 50% of an A-Level (this means it is worth more points than an AS-Level). It is also recognised by top universities as a course which challenges students to employ graduate level study skills and many universities accept EPQ as part of a points based UCAS offer. Students will be advised on whether this qualification should form part of their programme of study at interview, or during their transition to Year 13.

Exam Board

100% coursework - Edexcel


Grade 5 in English language

Beyond the Classroom

Students will be required to undertake additional research and reading outside of the classroom. They will also visit Sheffield University to use the resources they have to offer which will be of benefit to the project. This will also prepare the students for study at university.

Your Future

Universities really value the Extended Project Qualification as it shows them that the student has the required skills and abilities to be able to work independently at a higher level. Students will learn how to research and reference accurately, alongside exploring a subject of interest or something that could benefit a future career.