GSO Test

Extended Project Qualification

Awarding Body


Assessment Structure

Independent project - 5000 word dissertation or artefact

Minimum entry requirement

  • NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
  • Proven interest (this is a Year 13 course)

Why should I follow this course?

The EPQ is equivalent to half an A Level and is worth up to 28 UCAS points. It demonstrates key skills that are fundamental for success at University: writing, research, referencing, independent thought etc. It is very useful for the personal statement section of your UCAS application as it demonstrates motivation, passion, independence of thought, engagement etc. It gives you the opportunity to carry out an in depth study of something you are really passionate about.

What will I learn?

You will not only learn a lot about your chosen topic but develop the skills necessary to succeed at university e.g. managing a project, referencing, communication and research skills.

How will I learn?

You will be in charge of your own journey.  This is an independent project which, although you will get guidance with, will give you the opportunity to learn in your own way. The best thing about the EPQ is that you are in charge. You will be assessed on how well you manage that journey and how well you overcome bumps in the road.

What can I do with my qualification?

Universities really value the EPQ. Bristol university states the following:

“The University recognises that some A Level students may also choose to offer the Extended Project. In such cases some admissions tutors may make two alternative offers, one of which involves success in the Extended Project (e.g. either AAA at A Level or AAB at A Level plus Extended Project).”

What do students say?

“I have loved being able to choose my own topic and have learnt so much about referencing, researching and also time management”

“Would I do it again? Yes!”