EPQ Support &
Full Programme

The Extended Project Qualification is very highly regarded by leading UK universities. Leading Education's Full EPQ programme also awards up to 28 UCAS points upon completion

Stand out with qualifications beyond the A-Level syllabus

Extended Project Qualifications are looked upon extremely favourably by top universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Imperial. All describe it as ‘of immense value’, and it will absolutely help with applications. For any universities requiring UCAS Tariff points for entry, the top grade in an EPQ is worth 28 UCAS points – equivalent to half an A* in a full A-Level subject.

Leading Education can support students with EPQs in two ways. If your school already offers the EPQ, Leading Education can help with additional 1:1 support and booster classes. If your school does not offer the EPQ, Leading Education can offer a full EPQ programme (recommended 25 hours of tuition), including the marking of the assignment and a full, recognised qualification offering up to 28 UCAS points.

An EPQ is either an essay of 5,000 words, accompanied by an explanation of the process and a presention, OR an ‘artefact’ (e.g. a piece of artwork) with a supporting, shorter essay.

Highly Regarded

Although G5 universities do not include the EPQ within their official entry requirements, it is very highly thought of and all their websites offer a ringing endorsement of any student who chooses to study an EPQ.


“We welcome the EPQ and would encourage applicants to take one as it will help to develop independent study and research skills valuable for higher education.”


“The EPQ will provide an applicant with the opportunity to develop research and academic skills relevant for study at Oxford. Candidates are encouraged to draw upon relevant EPQ experience when writing their personal statement.”


“The extended project qualification (EPQ) is a really positive addition to your education. […] It is of immense value to your own personal and skills development, and can provide additional support to your personal statement.”

Typical Student Profile

The EPQ is a chance for truly dedicated students to achieve an extra qualification to boost their chances of success in applying to top universities

Who is this programme for?

  1. Students who want to stand out in their applications to G5 universities
  2. Any student who wants / needs additional UCAS Tariff Points for their chosen university
  3. Anyone who is passionate about a certain area and wants to expand their knowledge in depth buy producing a unique project

Why should I take it?

  1. For application success!
  2. Meet UCAS Tariff requirements
  3. Demonstrate self-motivation and a real passion for your chosen area

When should I take it?

Ideally between January and May in the year you intend to apply to university (typically Year 12 in UK schools). At the latest, the summer before the October UCAS deadline

Other relevant courses?

Most students choose Knowledge Building before progressing to Personal Statements, Admission Tests, and Interview Preparation. If you are unsure of your subject, you can also choose Wider Reading at an earlier stage to sample different disciplines

Course Benefits

Admissions Tests

The knowledge you gain through the programme can be used to achieve a higher score in the admissions tests for Imperial, Cambridge, Oxford, medical and law schools.


Building knowledge in your area is the best possible preparation for the university interview at Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial or Medical Schools. Your extra knowledge will help you to answer difficult interview questions.

Personal Statements

The knowledge you gain through the programme can be used in your personal statement for all top UK Universities. Mention the books and concepts you have learned about to impress the admissions tutors.

Expert Tutors

We only accept the top 10% of mentors who apply to work with us; so we can guarantee that they are the best in the world! All mentors are from Oxford or Cambridge and many have MAs or PhDs.

We just wanted to say how excellent we think the Knowledge Building programme. It is well thought through, far-reaching and very insightful; Jamie has benefitted greatly from the range of guidance and training that Tommy has provided – definitely worth the price!


Designed by expert admissions

Our courses have been developed by our team of world-class educationalists, who have spent years studying the Oxbridge application process, led by CEO Kieran Hammond.

Ginny R

London School of Economics

Ana L

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

George A

Mathematics and Computer Science
Christ Church College, Oxford

Erind M

Trinity College, Cambridge

About Kieran Hammond

Kieran Hammond is the co-founder of Leading Education and holds a BA and MA (Cantab) from Cambridge University. Over the course of 10 years, he has been helped over 500 students with their Oxbridge/Medicine applications.

Kieran started his career as Head of University Applications at Cardiff Sixth Form College, which at the time had been the UK’s No.1 ranked school in terms of A*-A A-level results for 6 years running.