Extended Project Qualification

Level of teaching: Key Stage 5

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
This course is not studied at Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
This course is not studied at Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: Extended Project Qualification AQA 7993
Exam Board: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/projects/project-qualifications/EPQ-7993

Recommended Entry Requirements

  • Grade 5 GCSE English
  • Anyone can do an EPQ if they are committed to completing the independent study.

Why an EPQ?
The EPQ is studied over one year and in addition to the three A Level subjects.

An EPQ is an excellent way to show universities and prospective employers your ability to work in a proactive, independent manner. It provides the opportunity to develop and apply decision making and problem solving skills. With an EPQ you pick the subject and the focus for your project so it allows you to tailor it to directly support your aspirations for further study and/or career development. Working with a supervisor, you are responsible for the management and development of the project from inception to completion. What better way to show how much you have to offer!

Research says that taking the EPQ enhances the odds of achieving a higher grade at A level (A* – B) by 29% (Ben Jones, Head of Standards, AQA).


Three required elements which are all internally assessed and then moderated. An A* in EPQ is equal to 28 UCAS points.
Project Product
5000 word essay OR artefact with supporting commentary
Production Log

Recommended Reading

This must be specific to your EPQ focus, but expect to do a lot of it! It is expected that a wide variety of resources are accessed, considered and then utilised in the final project itself.

Research is the key to a successful EPQ.

Enrichment & Links:
Invitation to visit a Russell Group University to make use of their resources and learning environment. The taught element of the EPQ will be delivered in fortnightly lessons covering research skills, evaluation of sources and time management, all of which are transferable to A Level studies and beyond.