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Extended Project Qualification Level 3


What is it?

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3, carrying up to 18 performance table points and 28 UCAS points.

The EPQ is a single piece of work that requires a high degree of planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. It can be completed as either a 5,000 word dissertation, an artefact or performance accompanied by a 1,000 word report.

Available for delivery in England now and in Northern Ireland from September 2021, ASDAN’s EPQ has the same specification as those offered by other awarding organisations with an additional focus on completing the EPQ as part of a work placement. 

Read the abridged EPQ specification and view key dates.

The new EPQ ASDAN is delivering gives students the opportunity to gain valuable employability skills through attendance at a work placement and completing a work-based project.

We believe that successful completion of this qualification will prepare learners for further study and employment.

Katie Jenkins, Director, Marketing and Future Students, UWE Bristol

Who is it for?

The EPQ is for students aged 16+ on a full-time programme of study.

ASDAN's EPQ can be used to complement vocational or academic learning; it provides learners with the skills that employers and higher education are looking for. The EPQ encourages independent study, critical thinking and teamwork – it is ideal for improving transferable skills such as planning, research, analysis and evaluation.

Facts and figures

  • 120 hours total qualification time, including a pre-project taught element (30 hours)
  • UCAS points: A* = 28, E = 8
  • Performance table points: A* = 18, E = 3
  • Students choose the topic for their project – it can be linked to their programme of study or a work placement
  • Develops study skills and employability skills for progression to higher education and employment
  • Supported by high quality teaching and learning resources


Students are free to choose the topic for their project, however they must show that it is useful for their progression and is linked to their programme of study or their future career. 

ASDAN’s EPQ has the same specification as those offered by other awarding organisations with an additional focus on completing the EPQ as part of a work placement. This could be a dissertation linked to a work placement, or an artefact and report created as part of a work placement.

Assessment objectives

Students’ projects are graded based on four assessment objectives:

  • AO1. Manage (20%)
  • AO2. Use resources (20%)
  • AO3. Develop and realise (40%)
  • AO4. Review (20%)

Taught element

The ASDAN EPQ begins with a taught element (30 hours) to support learners in designing and carrying out their project.

Key documents

High quality resources are available to support learners, teachers, parents and employers involved in the ASDAN EPQ:

Other high quality key documents are available for registered centres to download via the members area. These additional resources include learner guides, a guide for employers, resources to support the pre-project taught element and mandatory forms.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the Centre Registration Form.

Once your registration has been processed, you must upload specified policies and procedures as part of the ASDAN centre approval process. Once these have been accepted you will be able to access candidate registration for ASDAN qualifications.

Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that EPQ is added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase candidate registrations and access additional resources and guidance via the members area.


After students' work has been internally moderated, centres must submit candidate marks and send projects for external moderation, which is carried out by post. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation.



All prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
EPQ Level 3 candidate registration (one per learner, includes certification) £51.00


All prices valid from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT. 

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