Edexcel Level 2 Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)

Edexcel Level 2 Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)


What is the Level 2 Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)?

What are the benefits of completing the HPQ?

How Does GroundMark Learning Support Students?

How long will it take?

When is the best time to complete the HPQ?


How do I Apply to Complete the HPQ



What is the Level 2 Higher Project Qualification (HPQ)?

The Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) is an Edexcdel Level 2 qualification that is roughly equivalent to half a GCSE. Taking part allows students to discover the joys of independent learning, take responsibility for their own study and develop new life and study skills.

There is no external exam. The HPQ is internally assessed by a Project Supervisor and moderated by both the Project Co-ordinator and the Exam Board.

This qualification has been designed to stretch and challenge students by developing important academic skills required at higher education.  Students will learn essential skills such as: referencing; essay writing; creating a bibliography; creating a presentation, researching and deploying secondary and primary sources.

To gain the qualification, students will need to:

  1. Complete a Project Activity Log – A diary that logs the progress they have made throughout the year.

  2. Carry out Research – A collection of sources that relate to their topic.

  3. Complete a 2000-2500 word written report.

  4. Deliver a short presentation about their project to a small non-specialist audience.


What are the benefits of completing the HPQ?

  • It gives students the chance to develop skills of independent learning and provides the opportunity to try something outside or beyond the scope of the main curriculum.

  • It encourages self-determination and ownership of a project.

  • Students decide on the title and the form it will take; we provide the tools, teach the skills and help the pupil to create a piece of work which is truly theirs.

  • It is an excellent addition to a student’s academic profile and can demonstrate interest and deeper knowledge in a subject area, which may support an application for Sixth Form, College or an Apprenticeship

  • It is also really good stepping stone to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which reinforces and develops these skills still further.

  • It is viewed highly by universities.


How Does GroundMark Learning Support Students?

Each student is allocated a Project Supervisor, who will support and guide them throughout the Project.

You receive teaching and guidance to get you started, to help with planning and researching and presentation skills, and to keep you on track as you work through your chosen project. There's no formal restriction on what you do the project on: that's negotiated between you and your project adviser, who will help you choose a topic you will enjoy and cope with.


You will also be given access to GroundMark Learning’s learning platform which has resources specifically written to support you as you work through the HPQ.


How long will it take?

Generally, the whole process from start to finish takes about 60 hours.


When is the best time to complete the HPQ?

At GroundMark Learning we generally find that when students are academically ready to start their GCSE and/or BTEC studies, they are also ready to start the HPQ.

However, we would recommend that students complete the HPQ during the year preceding the final year of their GCSE and/or BTEC studies.

This will enable them to focus fully on their GCSEs and/or BTECs in their final year.

GroundMark Learning is required to submit the HPQ in May.

HOWEVER. to give us time to mark and moderate each HPQ we will require students to submit their completed HPQ to us by 15 March.


We appreciate that students will be starting the HPQ at different times of the year so at their initial meeting the Project Supervisor will advise each student on the most realistic assessment window to target for completion and submission.


The all-inclusive fee for completion of the Level 2 Higher Project Qualification (HPQ is £525 and includes:

  • Supervision and guidance

  • Access to CentreGrade’s learning platform for access to additional guidance and support

  • Marking

  • Internal Moderation

  • The Exam Board entry fee

  • Submission to the Exam Board for Moderation


How do I Apply to Complete the HPQ

Your first step is to contact us at GroundMark Learning for an informal chat on 01926 935635. If our lines are busy, we would suggest that you leave a message or use our email contact form. One of the team will then respond as quickly as possible.

The reason for the chat is to assess the suitability of your Project Proposal and to outline the process.

If you wish to proceed with your application you will need to provide us with the following information:

  • Full name of candidate (as used in official documents)

  • Date of birth of candidate

  • Contact email for correspondence

  • Contact address for correspondence


GroundMark Learning works in partnership with Tutors & Exams and all Project applications are administered through Tutors & Exams’ Coventry Centre.

GroundMark Learning will contact Tutors & Exams and confirm approval of your application.


Tutors & Exams will then invoice you and, on confirmation of payment, you will be assigned a Project Supervisor and will be given full access to the online learning and support guidance.



Please note that Tutors & Exams will not accept your application unless it has been approved by GroundMark Learning.




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