Extended Project Qualification (Level 3)


The Extended Project develops and extends one or more of the learner's study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the learner and agreed with the supervisor.

Course Outline

This is a one year course, taken in the A2 year of sixth form.


Assessment is by a 5,000 word essay, presentation and portfolio. The essay, presentation and portfolio all count towards the overall mark awarded.

Examining Board 


Special Entry Requirements 

C grade at GCSE in Mathematics and English.

Career Opportunities

More and more universities are welcoming the EPQ as an indicator of realised skills and potential ability in the fiercely competitive arena of entrant selection.

Teaching Methods.

Each fortnight you will be timetabled for two periods of 60 minutes each. These are used as skills and tutorial based sessions.
During this qualification there is a need for and independent research and study. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for assignments and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (