The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Extended Project Qualification allows learners to study a topic area which extends their learning in a chosen area of study, as a standalone qualification. Learners select one of the four units. Each of the four units offers a different type of project outcome: a dissertation, an investigation/field study, a performance or an artefact. Learners will be assessed on their ability to plan, manage, complete and review their project. 

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Why focus your EPQ on Sustainability or Climate Change? 

Studying an EPQ focused on sustainability or climate change will allow learners to dive deep into the latest trends and technologies that are shaping the future of the planet. They can learn about exciting new developments in renewable energy, sustainable transportation, green buildings, and more! 

Learners can research creative solutions to sustainability and environmental issues that affect people and the planet, such as climate change, pollution, food supply, fashion, waste and energy.  

This qualification can demonstrate to universities and future employers that the learner has a passion for sustainability and the environment and has developed the skills required for university-level study or career next steps. 

  • study an area of interest and passion  
  • develop the skills required for university-level study or career next steps 
  • recognise opportunities to address sustainability and climate change in all areas study or work 
  • be recognised for their efforts and study in sustainability and climate change 
  • explore exciting routes into green careers 
  • develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners  
  • make a difference to the world. 

Pearson have partnered with IEMA to provide successful EPQ learners with a 1-year Access IEMA subscription. 

IEMA is the professional body for everyone working, studying, or interested in the environment and sustainability. They’re committed to supporting, encouraging, and improving the confidence and performance of all professionals, helping them to enhance their profile and recognition.  

Access IEMA registrants will be able to start their journey with IEMA, with a full range of online materials, articles, technical guidance and webinars on areas covering sustainability, climate change, environmental impact assessment, nature and biodiversity and more. Students will be able to find out more about green jobs and careers and follow IEMA’s current members on their ‘Day in the life’ series. Students will be able to read a full range of news, blogs and articles written by experts, covering topics such as politics, climate change, biodiversity, pollution and waste management, water and energy. You will also be able to see career paths available to you on the IEMA new Green Careers Hub. 

All students that successfully complete a Pearson Edexcel EPQ focused on sustainability or climate change. Students will be able to read all of IEMA’s online guidance documents, webinars and events and subscribe to newsletters as well as IEMA’s Transform magazine for members (face to face event meetings and events will not be available in this category). After the year’s free subscription, students who choose to carry on with their IEMA journey will be able to access a full range of IEMA’s membership benefits, subject to terms and conditions. 

Pearson/IEMA Access framework

Students can use the Pearson/IEMA Access framework to gain a deeper and broader understanding of sustainability and climate change when working on their project research.

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Project ideas to get students started 


We’ve collaborated with partners across the industry to provide a bank of resources to inspire learners with their research and projects.  

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