Extended Project

A Level


  • Choose your own topic and title. Titles this year ranged from “Are humans really made of stardust?” to “What makes the perfect pop song?”
  • Demonstrate that you are an independent learner.
  • Learn skills that universities and employers value greatly.
  • EPQ is the only AS in which you can achieve an A* (28 UCAS points).
  • Some universities make lower UCAS offers based on EPQ grade.
  • You can take EPQ in either Year 1 or Year 2; it is a one-year course.
  • You can combine it with most other courses.
  • Link it to your favourite subject, a career plan or a passion.
  • You become the expert in the classroom rather than the tutor.
  • Our results: almost half A* and A, two-thirds A* to B,
  • Outstanding Value Added.



What makes a good research title as well as how to carry out academic, detailed and balanced research. How to structure a convincing academic argument. How to reference academic sources appropriately. How to test the credibility of sources and to detect bias. How to give a convincing, professional and entertaining. Presentation to an audience of your peers.



100% coursework plus a dissertation of at least 6000 words. The majority of students opt for the dissertation, but alternatives
to the essay are: an Investigation/Experiment/Field Study, a Performance or an Artefact plus 2,000 words.



University, as you will develop key skills including independent learning, research and time management. Increasingly, top universities are making lower UCAS offers to students who achieve a high grade in their Extended Project. In 2018 (the most recent results at the time of writing), almost half of our candidates achieved A* or A in their EPQ, potentially qualifying for a lower university offer. For students thinking of an apprenticeship or employment, the format of a typical Project mirrors the type of Report and Presentations that are often part of their training.



Start to assemble an electronic file or portfolio of articles on a topic or topics of your choice. Cut and paste the web addresses or URLs into a file or Google document that you can refer back to in the future. Note the date/s you read or accessed the articles. Read online versions of a range of newspapers, informative magazines such as Newsweek, Time, the Economist, New Scientist etc., depending on your areas of interest. Start watching documentaries such as BBC’s Horizon series. Listen to podcasts from BBC Sounds such as BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, Law in Action or Inside Science, again depending on your chosen topic. Get reading, get listening, get watching; but above all, get thinking! What will your title be?