Level 3 Extended Project Qualification (AQA)


The Extended Project Qualification is the equivalent of half an A level. It is a research and process based qualification with a focus on developing independent study skills in preparation for university, an apprenticeship or employment. Students choose their own project title based on their interests and progression aims. They can choose to create a product and 1000-word report or a 5000-word written report as their final assessment piece and will also be required to deliver a 20-minute presentation and complete a production log. The qualification includes 30 taught hours delivered in the classroom as well as 90 hours independent study. Homework is an essential element of the course.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English

More about the course

The Extended Project will develop and extend from one or more of the student’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the student.

Students are required to:

  • choose an area of interest
  • draft a title and aims of the project
  • plan, research and carry out the project
  • deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience
  • provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment

Qualification specification

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