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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) (Level 3)

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code Epq
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This unique course offers the opportunity to conduct an independent research project from which you can either write a dissertation, carry out an investigation/ field study, create a performance or produce an artefact. Some students select their personal project to extend their knowledge and understanding in a subject they are studying or a field of interest. Other students choose to explore an aspect to suit their particular interests e.g. fashion, music, sport, baking etc. Through specialised workshops, with experienced project leaders, students learn how to carry out an effective study, including providing guidance on using robust research methods with a range of sources, referencing and presentation skills. The independent study skills development whilst studying for this qualification, along with the additional UCAS points, means this project is of keen interest to Year 13 students and the universities to which they apply.

The Extended Project Qualification helps students of all abilities and interests to acquire independent learning skills. Learners can use these new skills in their existing study as well as to prepare for higher education and working life.

The flexibility of the qualification (which is graded A* - E) means that it will appeal to all students because they are able to choose topics which are of interest to them and submit it in a format which showcases their work


Students need to complete and submit a portfolio for one of the units below:

Unit 1 - Dissertation

Unit 2 - Investigation/ Field Study

Unit 3 - Performance

Unit 4 - Artefact

How will it be delivered?

100% Coursework – internally assessed and externally standardised.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the course.

Your next steps...

The level 3 Extended Project Qualification is designed to develop learners’ critical, reflective, problem-solving and independent learning skills which will support students with the transition to higher education or into the world of work. The Extended Project Qualification is recognised and recommended by universities, schools, colleges and students for the valuable skills it provides.


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