Highgrove Education

Extended Project Qualification ('EPQ')

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) allows you to dive deep into a topic that captivates you, whether it’s related to your field of study, a personal interest, or an area you want to discover. Highgrove Education offers an online EPQ course which will guide you through the skills needed to plan, execute and evaluate your project, including research skills, project management skills and presentation skills. As well as attending weekly live lessons and working through interactive self-study materials, you will hold regular one-to-one meetings with an Extended Project Supervisor, who will act as a catalyst and facilitator of your research process.

Throughout this journey, you’ll grow as a critical thinker and independent learner, and develop project-management skills vital for success at university and in the world of work. So, if you’re ready to embrace a unique learning adventure, the Extended Project is your chance to shine, make your mark, and achieve something extraordinary.

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationEdexcel Level 3 Extended Project Qualification
Exam board Edexcel
Submission availableJanuary and June

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length1 year across Spring term, the second half of Summer term and Autumn term
Weekly study time22 x 45-minute live lessons and 22 x 45-minute self-study lessons across over three terms, with a 30-minute fortnightly one to one meeting with your project supervisor. Additionally, there is one 45-minute teacher-marked homework per lesson and 40-80 hours required to complete your project across three terms and over the summer holiday.
Class sizeMaximum 12
Course start January

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 22 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 22 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 22 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework, plus 40-80 hours required to complete your project. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible
There are four types of projects available: a dissertation, an investigation/field study, a performance or an artefact. Pupils chose to complete one of these project types.
Unit 1: Dissertation
  • A theoretical written project on any topic presenting an argument, e.g. research into a biological, historical or environmental issue
Unit 2: Investigation/Field Study
  • A practical investigatory project involving the collection of data, e.g. a scientific investigation, a geographical study of erosion, a biological study of pollution, a statistical survey
Unit 3: Performance
  • Development of practical skills resulting in a performance, e.g. performing music, drama, sport
Unit 4: Artefact
  • For example, making a painting or sculpture, designing a piece of furniture or a garment, creating a website, solving an engineering/construction problem, producing a piece of graphic design.
Learners are required to:
  • select a topic/area of interest for an in-depth study that provides opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and understanding, and to negotiate with their project supervisor the scope of that project
  • identify and draft an objective(s) for their project (e.g. in the form of a question, hypothesis, problem, challenge, outline of proposed performance, issue to be investigated or commission for a client) and provide a rationale for their choice
  • produce a plan for how they will deliver their intended outcome
  • conduct research as required by the project brief
  • develop the intended outcome using selected tools and techniques safely, demonstrating the ability to pursue an extended project through to completion
  • share the outcome of the project in a presentation, including an evaluation of the outcome and their own learning and performance.

For more information take a look at the Edexcel Level 3 Extended Project Specification: click here


  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for the Edexcel Level 3 Extended Project Specification


  • A strong set of GCSE grades, including several at grade 7 or above.

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Project

This qualification is assessed internally by the project supervisor, with marks awarded subject to Pearson’s quality assurance processes. Pupils are assessed on their ability to plan, manage, complete and review their project.

Progression to University

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) can significantly boost a university application. It demonstrates to admissions teams that you possess crucial skills, including research, critical thinking, and independent study, which are highly valued at the university level. It can also provide evidence of your commitment to a specific field or topic, showcasing your passion and dedication. Many universities acknowledge the EPQ in their offers, sometimes reducing grade requirements. The qualification is particularly useful for courses that require strong analytical and research skills, such as humanities, social sciences, and other research-intensive fields. Moreover, it can be a differentiator for highly competitive programs or those where a broader perspective is beneficial, such as law, medicine, and engineering. Ultimately, it’s a valuable asset that can set you apart in the competitive university application process.

The EPQ programme has given me a massive headstart in university. The skills and structure have been almost identical to my first-year coursework project; I often find myself looking back at the EPQ for guidance.
Jensen, previous EPQ student

We also offer the following A levels

Our core A level subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher: 

We have an even wider selection of A levels available via our independent learning and tutoring programmes, including: 

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