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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at Harington School

Course description

This is an independent piece of research. It is a Level 3 qualification equivalent to half an A-Level. An EPQ is graded, and carries the same UCAS points as an AS Level, except that an A* grade is available.

Course content

The Extended Project Qualification offers you a unique opportunity to develop essential skills for higher education and the workplace, in a subject area of your own choice. It gives you more control over your studies.

You have free choice of project topic, so you can explore further aspects of a subject you're studying, or another subject, or topic in which you have a personal interest.

Entry requirements

Each year, Harington School offers 150 places in Year 12 to students who meet our admissions criteria. 


Our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade B or abov
  • A*- C passes in Mathematics and English

There is an expectation that students will have achieve an A*-B grade in the subjects (or comparable subjects) that they wish to take at A-Level.


Students have to complete a production log documenting the project process, plan, research and carry out their project, and deliver a presentation on the outcome. This level of choice and flexibility means you gain valuable research and project management skills along the way.

Further information

Harington places a great emphasis on academic achievement and on providing challenging opportunities for personal development, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the individual Extended Project. These are essential when applying for the most prestigious universities. There will also be the opportunity to take the ABRSM grades in Music.

When choosing your A-Level subjects, you should take into consideration not only your personal strengths but also the requirements of any future courses you will wish to study post-18.

This is a very exciting time to join Harington School and our goal is to help you achieve the success you need to progress on to the next important stage of your education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harington School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2015
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