Extended Project Qualification

Head of Department: Mr Clive Nicholson

Contact details: reception@archbishopholgates.org

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Projects support students with the transition to higher education or into the world of work. They provide opportunities for the development of critical, reflective, problem-solving and independent learning skills through the planning, research and evaluation of a self-selected project.

“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.” Peter Drucker 

Course Content:

The Extended Project is an excellent opportunity for students at Archbishop Holgate’s Sixth Form to experience a way of learning similar to that of a university student. The independently chosen project provides students with a chance to develop the independent research and writing skills needed as an undergraduate. Students work to strict long term deadlines and submit work to their tutors electronically, experiencing similar protocols to those they will experience the following year.

Students take ownership of their own learning by planning a project proposal, researching, debating a topic before drawing their evidence based conclusions. The Extended Project is a real chance for students to extend their learning within their specialism or to gain a qualification based upon external interests. Many students choose to develop a deeper understanding of a topic related to their chosen university course demonstrating their enthusiasm and love of learning during university interviews and UCAS applications.

Students are encouraged to use a wide range of source material, including books, newspapers, journals and TV documentaries, which they then learn to reference appropriately throughout their work.

The Extended Project qualification carries up to 28 UCAS points, depending on what grade you achieve. This can be used towards a points offer from a university. Although it cannot be used against a grade offer (such as AAA), some universities may offer an alternative for candidates studying the Extended Project (such as ABB instead of AAB, provided that you get an A in your Edexcel Extended Project qualification).

Entry requirements

  • Entry is based upon the successful completion of a Project Proposal Form.

Exam board:

  • Edexcel Level 3 Extended Project

Course code:

  • P301

Exam board website

Link to Exemplar Materials


  • The Extended Project is assessed on 100% coursework
  • Students are required to submit a dissertation with supporting tasks that demonstrate their project planning, management and evaluation skills.
  • Internal marking takes place in three stages; In October students receive feedback on their research chapter, in January students receive detailed feedback across eight assessment criteria. In March students receive targeted feedback on how to maximise their achievement. In between these three key assessments EPQ tutors provide verbal and written feedback appropriate to the needs of each student.
  • Projects are submitted for externally moderated by edexcel in May.

Ways to help my child succeed

  • Help your child to find books that relate to their topic and encourage them to read around their topic to gain a depth of understanding that will support them when placing their discussion within a wider context. Encourage your child to read their research thoroughly.
  • Talk to them about their essay question and if appropriate listen and watch out for related items appearing in the news or on television that you think will help them.
  • Ask about deadlines and check that they are managing their time accordingly.

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