Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ)


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides students with the skills that universities look for, helping them to stand out from the crowd. Students enjoy the freedom of working in their own way as they undertake a project based on an A Level subject they are taking, or an area of personal interest.

The Extended Project Qualification is an opportunity for you to complete a project in a subject area which interests you. You will develop widely transferable skills which will be useful later on, for example, developing critical thinking and project management skills. Universities and Employers look for these skills as they are necessary for successful study at University, and they help you stand out from the crowd.

The OCR Extended Project is a stand-alone qualification that is equivalent to an AS Level, but with an A* also achievable, and UCAS points gained. The aim is to help students develop beyond their existing study programme by giving them the freedom to complete a project on an area of personal interest or benefit, whilst also developing project management skills along the way.

Projects are assessed in four key areas:

  • Project planning and time management
  • Conducting and using research
  • Developing and realising a project
  • Reviewing and evaluating a project

In June, during Challenge Project time, year 12 students take part in a series of workshops to revisit skills developed during their completed Challenge Projects. These skills are part of the taught requirement of the specification. Students are all allocated a supervisor who guides them through the process.

For more information see the learner and parent guide.