Higher Project Qualification


Project qualifications give students the freedom to study the topics that they’re interested in. They’re designed to be flexible, and fit easily into our existing curriculum.

Students will develop independent research and study skills, be assessed both on the outcome of their project and the process of developing it and gain knowledge and transferable skills to help them move on to further study and the workplace.

Higher Project Qualification allows our gifted & talented students to discover the joys of independent learning, take responsibility for their own study and develop new life and study skills.

Key Stage 3

The Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE) Higher Project will develop and extend from one or more of the student’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 student(s) and agreed as appropriate by the school’s EPQ/HPQ coordinator.

Students are required, with appropriate supervision, to:

• choose an area of interest

• draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the centre

• plan, research and carry out the project

• deliver a presentation to a non specialist audience

• provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.

HPQ will be delivered as part of our enrichment provision, outside normal school hours. Students will also be expected to continue their research & the production of the project in some of their own time, between lessons.


The Higher Project is a single unit, internally assessed qualification. Each project is assessed by the supervisor who has overseen the student throughout the project process. They are then standardised and moderated internally and quality assured by the awarding body by spot checking of both process and assessment. Students need to produce a production log, verified by a supervisor, a written report, supplementary evidence and a presentation.

The assessment objectives are:

• manage

• use resources

• develop and realise

• review

The final report/research project should be approximately 2000 words. Alternatively, students can decide to create an artefact for the final outcome (artwork,sculpture, photography, a computer application, a fashion show etc.) which would be accompanied by a 500 word report. Students can opt to work in a group, but must be able to account for their individual input.

Careers Links

As students choose the topic of study they can easily relate this to a future career or area of study. Universities look favourably on students who have proven success in independent work & who have developed research skills.

Subject Staff

Mrs L. Smith