Our Pearson Edexcel Level 1 Foundation and Level 2 Higher Project Qualifications are suitable for students who want to investigate a subject in depth.  

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Through a flexible, study-based approach, the Project helps students to develop as inquisitive, independent learners. Students work independently and with a tutor-mentor to plan, manage, complete and evaluate a single piece of work, which can take the form of a report, an artefact, a design or a performance.

To learn more about the Project Qualification in general, see About the Project.

For more information on how to start teaching the Project Qualification at your school, visit our Teaching support page

Grading and GCSE equivalence

The Project is graded A* to B at Level 1 and A* to C at Level 2. Both levels require 60 guided learning hours and there is a single unit entry for the Foundation and Higher Projects, which covers all potential outcomes.

Anything smaller than a full course GCSE cannot be included in the five A*-C headline measure. This means that the Pearson Edexcel Project still carries SCAAT points, but cannot be used towards this headline measure.

Pearson Edexcel Higher Projects (Level 2)

Grade

Equivalence

A*

half a GCSE at grade A*

A

half a GCSE at grade A

B

half a GCSE at grade B

C

half a GCSE at grade C

Pearson Edexcel Foundation Projects (Level 1) 

Grade

Equivalence

A*

half a GCSE at grade D

A

half a GCSE at grade E

B

half a GCSE at grade F/G