Assessment and submission guidance

Here's an outline of some of the key information that will help you with the assessment and submission of the Extended Project.

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You'll find guidance on the Extended Project marking grids in the specification on pages 57-59.

Here are some tips to help you identify the most appropriate mark:

  • Apply a holistic approach and select the appropriate mark band for each assessment objective.

  • Mark band descriptors describe the mid-point of that mark band. Stronger work will get a higher mark and weaker work a lower mark.

  • Add together marks for the four separate assessment objectives to get a total mark.

  • The presentation is included as part of AO4.

We've created additional marking grid guidance for each of the four pathways in the Extended Project, and these underpin the assessment criteria presented in the marking grid in the specification.

The guidance emphasises some of the key points that must be carefully considered when awarding marks to candidate work. It's designed to help supervising teachers assess candidate work with close reference to the marking grid.

Please be aware that the marking grid published in the specification is the official document that must be used when assessing candidate work. This guidance is not an alternative set of assessment criteria, nor does it replace the published marking grid.

You'll find the Assessment Guidance in the course materials under 'teaching and learning materials' and 'assessment guidance'. 


The Moderation Guidance document contains everything that you need to know about the moderation process, submitting marks and submitting work.

The first part covers the purpose of external moderation, internal standardisation, sample selection, sending the sample to the moderator, evidence requirements and final results and moderator reports.

Section 2 covers Edexcel Online navigation, submission of point scores, amendments and late returns.

The final part of the document covers evidence submitted in electronic format, reports, designed products or artwork, websites and performances.


Each year we set a moderation deadline for the January and June exam sessions. You'll need to have submitted your marks for candidates' work on Edexcel Online and have submitted the sample of work to your moderator by this date.

You'll want to set your internal deadline for work before this deadline, as once you've received work from candidates you'll need to mark it and carry out internal standardisation before you can submit marks or work to us.

The deadlines are:

January exam session – moderation deadline 10 January
June exam session – moderation deadline 15 May.

You must carry out internal standardisation within your centre before you submit any work. Please ensure you carry out this process for each unit to ensure that all work is marked to the same level.

Internal standardisation must ensure that:

  • candidate work is completed in accordance with the assessment evidence requirements for each unit, and is ready for sampling by the required date

  • internal assessors are aware of the assessment objectives and marking grids for the relevant units

  • the sample or samples to be submitted have been subject to a suitable process of internal standardisation. It's up to your centre to determine the nature of this process.

You can find out more about internal standardisation in the Moderation Guidance document:


When you submit a candidate's work to the moderator, you also need to submit evidence to show how the assessment objectives have been met.

All projects submitted should include the following items:

  • Project Proposal Form
  • Project Activity Log
  • the outcome (details about the submission formats are outlined under each outcome type)
  • an evaluation (which may be included in a project written report)
  • a completed Candidate Record Sheet
  • a signed copy of the online mark submission screen.

For the presentation part of the Extended Project you will need:

  • a copy of the PowerPoint slides (if possible)
  • oral presentation record card
  • a witness statement or observation record (if another teacher is watching the presentation).