Minerva Learning Trust

AQA Level 3 Extended Project Qualification.

This course is equivalent to half an A Level.

EPQ is introduced in Year 12 and students can opt to take this as an additional qualification. This course is taken alongside three or more A Level/ A Level equivalent courses.


The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows students to undertake research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. Students then use this research to produce a written report and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production. Students can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies. The EPQ has a taught element, but requires extended autonomous work by students.

With the guidance of a supervisor students will independently research and present a project of their choice. As part of the EPQ, students will write a dissertation, conduct an investigation or make an artefact, as well as managing and reviewing the project and presenting their findings to a non-specialist audience.

The EPQ combines well with all other courses because it allows students to explore in depth an aspect of another A Level / BTEC subject or a topic of personal interest.  

The EPQ is excellent preparation for university study and employment. Many universities and employers regard the EPQ as a clear demonstration of a student’s readiness for undergraduate study and it also demonstrates skills necessary to carry out an independent report to a high standard.



A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics