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In Short

The Extended Research Project not only awards an AS equivalent grade – with the accompanying UCAS points – but also prepares you for Higher Education by developing the skills you will need to work independently on a research project following processes appropriate to university level study. Choose the right title for your research project and you will expand your knowledge on a subject which interests you and which can link directly into your future study opportunities/employment. The Extended Research Project can complement any A Level. EPQ is usually taken in the second year alongside second year A levels.


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-5 including English Language and Maths. You must be studying an AS, A2 or other Level 3 Qualification alongside this subject.


Course Content

This A Level prepares you for Higher Education and can complement any A Level. You will expand your knowledge on a subject of interest, which can link directly to your future study opportunities or employment. The project can take the form of pure research, an investigation, a performance or an artefact.

You will be required to do the following:

  • Draft a project title
  • Draft aims of the project
  • Plan, research and carry out the project
  • Provide evidence of all stages of project production
  • Produce a report or a dissertation
  • Deliver a presentation to a specified audience.

You will be expected to work independently, with weekly advice and support from your lecturer/tutor to produce your final report/dissertation.



This course is an excellent preparation for life beyond Further Education, whether that be in employment or in Higher Education. It is well regarded by universities: “As a Russell Group research intensive university, the University of Southampton has a special interest in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), and students who are inquisitive and ask pertinent questions.” University of Southampton “We value the research skills and independent learning that the Extended Project is designed to develop.” Newcastle University



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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