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Extended Project Qualification at UTC Sheffield City Centre

Course description

Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project qualification (EPQ) can provide you with the skills that universities and employers look for as well as giving you the freedom of choosing a project based on a subject you are studying or an area of personal interest.

The Extended Project is a stand-alone qualification that is equivalent to an AS Level, but with an A* also achievable. It aims to develop you beyond your existing study programme by giving you the freedom to complete a project on an area of personal interest or benefit, while developing project management skills along the way.

The Extended Project has enormous benefits to the students that complete one: •

It encourages students to think and perform independently, allowing them to manage a longer-scale project from start to finish.

It gets them ready for university or employment, being designed to develop skills in decision making, problem solving, planning, researching and evaluating.

It can give them a competitive edge with university  and employer applications.

It can increase confidence and time management.


Course content


Students produce an outcome that can take a variety of formats. They can:

Write a dissertation/investigation/report

Create an artefact or design

Organise an event

Put on a performance of some kind.

Alongside these outcomes, students need to keep a documented record of their project management process. They are assessed on their ability to manage their project so these appendices are an extremely important part of their submission.


Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/5 (or equivalent) due to level of course content required. 

Please speak to a member of staff at UTC options evening if you have any queries relating to this qualification.


Assessment Objectives

The four objectives, common to all Extended Projects, are for students to:

1 Manage: Identify, design, plan and complete an individual Extended Project (or task within a group Extended Project), applying organisational skills and strategies to meet stated objectives.

2 Research: Obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of their topic.

3 Develop and realise: Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies where appropriate, to solve problems, to take decisions critically and flexibly, and to achieve planned outcomes.

4 Review: Evaluate outcomes including own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to convey and present evidenced outcomes and conclusions.

The flexibility that OCR has built in to this qualification including freedom of choice for candidates means that they will be inspired and motivated. In addition, it is accessible to all as it transcends the boundaries between academic and vocational courses. Its relevance is based on the underpinning requirement to test application of skills rather than retention of knowledge.


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Future opportunities

Future Pathways

The Extended Project has intrinsic value and it also has great merit in preparing students to develop many of the qualities and skills needed for further study, for adult life and work. It therefore acts as a way to ease the transition from school to the workplace, to further education or to university. Students with the qualification stand out from the crowd at interviews as they demonstrate their enthusiasm for (and knowledge of) their chosen topic, intellectual flexibility and project management skills. The Extended Project encourages a ‘can do’ attitude and allows students the opportunity to perform well in something that really interests them.


Further information

Level 3 Extended Project

Extended project is a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and equivalent to an AS level. The OCR approach has always been to provide a range of opportunities that allows for candidates to achieve their best. The Extended Project succeeds in this with its flexible approach allowing each candidate to develop a variety of skills through a project based on individual choice of topic. It allows candidates to choose to pursue a particular interest, to extend their study of a particular subject or to be involved in something completely new. They take responsibility for managing all the stages in order to deliver their project in a given time. Studies and research indicate that Further and Higher Education institutions as well as employers value the focus of this particular specification on highly relevant skills including project and time management, independent study, teamwork and communication. Some schools and colleges may want to make the Extended Project part of a programme of study alongside GCE or equivalent qualifications while others may decide to offer it as a separate ‘stand-alone’ course.  The Extended Project provides potential for breadth of study and enrichment. It encourages research, problem solving, initiative, enterprise and critical thinking all of which are required skills whether a candidate is planning to move on to employment or to academic or vocational studies. The Extended Project qualification requires a written component which helps students to improve their writing skills and they are expected to use technologies appropriate to their choice of project during its development. Assessment is based on the process (not the outcome) from decision making about choice and design of the project through planning and development, presentation to an audience, reflection and critical evaluation of its success.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: Code: H856

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