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The Extended Project Qualification offers students an exciting chance to stretch and challenge themselves whilst developing the skills and confidence to succeed in Higher Education and the job market. The Extended Project is a single, stand-alone piece of work which will require students to use research, critical thinking, planning and evaluation. It is a Level 3 qualification, graded A*-E with the same UCAS points as an AS level.

Students can produce a mini-dissertation of 5000 words or a creative visual or performance piece. The Extended Project could develop and extend from one or more of the learner’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic agreed by the student and agreed as appropriate by the centre. There will be teaching of the necessary skills, supervision and assessment of the student’s progress. The main emphasis is on extended autonomous work by the student, allowing student ownership of the project.

Students plan the project, record what they do in a production log and present their work to a non-specialist audience. This is assessed by their supervisor and moderated by the centre coordinator. The Production Log records the following key information:

  • Initial planning meeting between the learner and the supervisor
  • A project proposal meeting with the supervisor
  • The learner’s outline plan at the beginning of the project
  • Mid-project review with the supervisor
  • End-of-project review with the supervisor
  • Summary
  • A record of the presentation
  • The learner’s reflection on the project and presentation.

Many Universities have noted that the EPQ is providing students with skills they particularly value that will ease the transition to Higher Education and that this may lead either to lower admissions offers or a way to distinguish between applicants of otherwise equal academic standing.