Extended Project

The Extended Project is a level 3 qualification introduced in September 2008. It allows students to expand on a particular area of their study that they find interesting. The project is taken in the final year of A-Levels and will be worth bonus UCAS points when applying to higher education. The piece can take any of the following forms:

  • Report
  • Dissertation
  • Artefact
  • Performance
  • Course Outline
    • The subject and content of the piece is highly flexible. Students who take this can extend upon a current program of study, research a hobby, or link it to their chosen university course.

      Students will receive an introduction which leads on to teaching how the project is put together. They will need to report regularly to the project’s co-ordinators and supervisors. They may also need to contact specialists in their chosen field for crucial information. The project will be bound by key dates and milestones set by the co-ordinators.


      Students who take the extended project will sharpen their skills in research, planning, presentation and communication. These skills will better prepare them for the demands of university or employment. Completion of the project will appeal to university admissions tutors, making applications stand out of the crowd. Grades for Extended Projects are worth UCAS points equalling:

      • A* – 70 Points
      • A – 60 Points
      • B – 50 Points
      • C – 40 Points
      • D – 30 Points
      • E – 20 Points
  • Career opportunities and further study
    • The EPQ is particularly useful for those students applying for competitive courses such as Medicine and Law. It allows you to demonstrate independent study skills which are much in demand.  You will also be able to study an area linking to the career area that you wish to follow.


  • Trips and events
    • A day’s visit to Manchester University takes place in November which allows students access to the University Library resources.

  • Use Links

Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2017 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

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