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Extended Project Qualification at Aquinas College

Course description

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 content

The subject and content of the piece are highly flexible. Students who take this can extend 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

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

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.

Further information

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

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aquinas College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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