The AQA Extended Project Qualification

Watch our video, to see how our EPQ helps students stand out.

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Video transcript

Our EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-directed and self-motivated project. Students must choose a topic, plan, research and develop their idea and decide on their finished product.

We encourage creativity and curiosity. A project topic may be directly related to a student's main study programme, but should look beyond the specification. A finished product may take the form of a:

  • research based written report
  • production* (eg charity event, fashion show or sports event etc)
  • an artefact* (eg piece of art, a computer game or realised design).

*A written report must accompany these options.

Students must also record their project process in their Production Log. The process of recording and completing a project is as important as the finished product. Both the Production Log and Product will be assessed.

What you need to do (if you're a teacher/supervisor)

  • Register to offer in the EPQ if you intend to enter with AQA.
  • Enter your students to do the EPQ as you would for any A-level.
  • Teach about 30 of the 120 Guided Learning Hours, focusing on research, project management and other relevant skills.
  • Supervise each student's EPQ.
  • Assess each student's completed production log, project product and presentation at the end of the process.

To find out more, visit our Extended Project Qualification pages or email

What your students need to do

  • Choose an area of interest and draft their project title and aims.
  • Plan, research and carry out their project.
  • Keep a production log of all stages of the project production, reviewing and evaluating their progress.
  • Complete the project product.
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation.
  • Review the outcome of their project and presentation.

During the EPQ, they will learn to:

  • manage – identify, design, plan, and complete a project (or task within a group project), applying organisational skills and strategies to meet their stated objectives
  • use resources/research – obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply it relevantly, and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate connections and complexities of their topic
  • develop and realise – use a range of skills, including using new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve their aims
  • review – evaluate the outcome, including their learning and performance.