background image

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

What is the Extended Project Qualification?

The Pearson Edexcel L3 Project Qualification is designed to stretch, challenge and motivate aspirational A Level students.

Students have the opportunity to research and produce an extended essay (or dissertation) that adds depth or breadth to one of the subjects they are already studying at A Level. Alternatively, students have the freedom to explore other areas of academic curiosity as a taster and springboard for higher education and careers in areas such as (but not limited to) medicine, law, engineering or architecture.

Benefits of the EPQ

The EPQ provides students with the opportunity to:

  • demonstrate supra-curricular engagement with a favourite academic subject
  • demonstrate genuine academic interest in a subject not being offered at A Level
  • develop independent research, critical thinking and project management skills
  • achieve additional UCAS points
  • learn invaluable transferable skills for higher education and the workplace

UCAS Points and University Applications

The EPQ carries up to 28 UCAS points, depending on what grade you achieve. Students can use their EPQ to demonstrate independent supra-curricular skills in their applications and interviews. Effective engagement with the EPQ can be a great way for students to differentiate themselves, particularly when applying to highly competitive universities.

How does it work?

  1. Students work with a tutor-mentor as well as working independently to plan, manage, complete and evaluate a single piece of work.
  2. Students submit an objective for the project and their rationale for the choice.
  3. A plan has to be provided for the delivery of final outcome.
  4. Students conduct the required research and analysis for their project.
  5. Finally, they will submit their project along with what they learned through the process.
Dissertation examples

Could electroshock therapy be the most effective method of treating depression? Should museums return all their historical artefacts to their country of origin? Is corporate and commercial law the most effective way to fight against climate change? How did the 2008 financial crisis make house buying impossible for the majority of millennials? What are the positive effects of machine learning on healthcare? Can zero carbon housing ever really exist?


Students are assessed on their ability to plan, manage, complete and review their project. The project is marked internally by teachers at school and then sent to Pearson to be moderated. There are four assessment objectives that students are evaluated on: managing the project; using resources; development and realisation of outcomes; and a review of all aspects of the project.


120 guided learning hours over one year as well as personal time as needed. Of these, 40 hours are recommended for the taught element.

Who is the EPQ for?

EPQ and A Level Law

To stand out as a star applicant, CGA offers an A Level Law pathway in combination with the EPQ.

Meet the Teacher

My name is Sam Yates and I am very excited to be joining CGA as a Teacher of History and Law, and Teacher in Charge of academic enhancement.

I have spent the last 12 years teaching in a large and successful independent school in the North of England. I have enjoyed a variety of roles including deputy head of department, sixth form tutor, head of academic extension and Oxbridge Coordinator. I have particularly enjoyed supervising students for their Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ). The EPQ is a fantastic opportunity for creative and critical independent learning that I am looking forward to introducing to CGA and sharing with you as CGA students.

Before going into teaching, I qualified as a solicitor and spent five years in private practice as a commercial real estate and restructuring lawyer. Over the coming years, I am hoping that I can inspire a future generation of bright and aspirational CGA students to grapple with the challenges of the Cambridge University law essay competitions that are on offer and appreciate the value of History as the ultimate facilitating subject for studying Law at university.

Beyond the (virtual) classroom, I enjoy walking the family dog, watching football and rugby with my older son, playing cricket with my younger son and building a collection of retro vinyl for weekend listening.

background image

How do I enroll for the EPQ?

Speak to one of our advisors to find out if the EPQ is right for you.