Havant Sixth Form College

Extended Project Qualification

Why study Extended Project Qualification?

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) enables you to explore a topic in depth, or to be creative, in ways that take you beyond or outside your A Level studies. It is designed to sit alongside your other subjects. By taking this qualification (worth half an A Level) you develop the sorts of independent learning skills that universities value. It must not cover topics you will be examined on for your A Levels.

What will I study?

The subject choice will be up to you, and should be one you are excited by.


You undertake a project that will end up as one of the following:

• An extended essay of 5,000 words

• An artefact (e.g. piece of art, music, creative writing)

• A performance

• A multi-media item (e.g. a short film) The last three must be supported by a report of at least 1,000 words. These are some of our recent students’ titles:

• What are the advantages and disadvantages of the UK leaving the European Convention on Human Rights?

• What is the most effective satellite communication method for Mars to Earth transmissions?

• The problem with lying: an ethical debate

• A line in the sand: for how much longer can we continue to use silicon-based electronics?

• Which country was most responsible for starting World War One?

Your destinations with this course

University viewpoints


“UCL welcomes the introduction of the Extended Project into the curriculum, recognising that it will develop many of the skills necessary for successful study at university.”

University College London


“We value the EPQ, and appreciate the hard work that goes into completing one.”

University of Southampton


“The skills that students develop through the Extended Project are excellent preparation for university level study. Students can refer to the Extended Project in their UCAS personal statements and at interview to demonstrate some of the qualities that universities are looking for.”

University of Manchester


Check individual universities for current tariffs including offers taking into account the EPQ. 

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