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The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a Level 3 qualification, worth the equivalent UCAS points of half an A Level. The EPQ is based upon a topic chosen by the student, often extending from one or more of the student’s study areas, or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. The EPQ involves teaching of the necessary skills, supervision and assessment of the student’s progress, however the work is autonomously undertaken by the student. 

Students undertaking the EPQ can submit either a research-based written report or can opt to produce a practical project or ‘artefact’ with an accompanying shorter research based written report. 

An artefact can be a physical outcome such as a book or a short film or it can be a  presentation to a specific audience, a play, it could be an event such as a fashion show or a musical evening. In fact there is almost no limit to what can constitute an artefact, as long as it has research at its core.  What all artefact projects have in common is that they must have a clear research aim/purpose and be well evaluated.  More details and examples of project titles will be shared during the course.

The EPQ is driven by the individual student, they are required (with appropriate supervision) to:

  • choose an area of interest

  • draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the centre

  • plan, research and carry out the project

  • deliver a presentation to a non specialist audience

  • provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.

The Stephen Perse Foundation administers the EPQ through the AQA exam board.  Students are required to undertake taught study skills that form part of the 120 hours of dedication to the project.


A student project is assessed against four assessment objectives, based upon how a student:

  • manages the project

  • uses data and analysis to support the project

  • develops and takes their project to realisation

  • Presents, evaluates, and reflects upon their project

The evidence for assessment will comprise the following:

• The completed Production Log and Assessment Record including the Project Proposal Form, Presentation Record and Candidate Record Form.

• the project product including a written report and any other evidence, as appropriate,  depending on the topic or subject area chosen.