Extended Project Qualification, or EPQ, Level 3 is an additional qualification that you can opt to take if you have a genuine passion for a subject area and would enjoy the opportunity of researching it to undergraduate level standard and experiencing university style supervisions. All our students who have completed EPQ have said they would strongly recommend it to you as it has helped them to secure offers from prestigious universities whilst simultaneously allowing them to indulge in research in their chosen field.

Universities look very favourably on EPQ as they know it develops the higher level skills they are looking for. Carmel students have had offers for medicine, veterinary science, aerospace engineering and pharmacy as well as offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. We feel that the Extended Project Qualification really gave them a distinct advantage in their Personal Statements and an interview. The EPQ also attracts UCAS points.

Course Entry Requirements for Extended Project Qualification

This course is offered to students in June of the first year. Anyone can apply and there are a series of tasks and activities to complete as part of the application process.

Extended Project Course Leaflet

Exam board course specification


What Our Students Say

The Extended Project has been interesting as it allows far more freedom than any of my other subjects. It is focused on independent learning, meaning you have to take responsibility for your own project and organise your own research It has been challenging but rewarding and it has been beneficial for me to study. It is also very useful when applying to university as you can write about your project on your Personal Statement.

Danielle Foote