Our Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Extended Project Qualification supports learners with the transition to higher education or into the world of work.  

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They give students the opportunity to develop critical, reflective, problem-solving and independent learning skills through the planning, research and evaluation of a self-selected project.

Throughout their in-depth study, learners will develop and apply skills creatively, resulting in one of four project outcomes:

This type of Project is a university-style dissertation on any topic which can be researched and argued about - for example, a controversial biological, historical, ethical, philosophical, psychological, economic or environmental issue. The dissertation uses secondary research sources to provide a reasoned defence of a point of view, with consideration of counter-arguments.

This type of Project is a scientific investigative project involving the collection of data from primary research, which may happen within the context of a geographical or biological field study - for example, a study of erosion, a study of pollution or a statistical survey of attitudes concerning a social issue. The Investigation/ Field Study uses primary sources of data, such as questionnaires, observation or scientific experimentation, with a process of hypothesis creation and testing. 

This type of Project involves the development of performance skills and techniques in a creative process leading up to a performance before a designated audience - for example, a performance of music, drama or sport. It can take the form of a response to a brief or performance commission.  

This type of Project involves a process of research, design and the application of creative skills in developing and realising a piece of work in response to a client brief. Types of artefact project include creating a painting or sculpture, designing a piece of furniture or a garment, creating a website, solving an engineering or construction problem or producing a piece of graphic design. 

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, UCAS points and A level equivalence

The Extended Project is graded A* to E and requires 120 guided learning hours. In terms of UCAS points status, Level 3 Project Qualifications are equivalent to half an A level.


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E 8