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The ISEB Project Qualification (iPQ) provides a framework for teaching and assessing the development of independent, pupil-led project-learning skills, taking the form of a 15-20 hour project. It can be used as a stand-alone addition to an existing curriculum, or as an alternative to one or more curriculum subjects. The iPQ is usually completed in Years 7 or 8, but schools may start preparing pupils for the iPQ through smaller scale project work in Years 5 or 6.

Project work is assessed by the teacher and moderated by an ISEB-accredited Project Qualification moderator. Project work is submitted in the form of a record of the project process, the project outcome and evidence of a final presentation.On completion of the iPQ, pupils are awarded a certificate from ISEB. 

Why the iPQ?

The iPQ allows pupils, usually in Years 7 or 8, to identify a question, research the answer, develop their views in light of research, present their findings, and reflect on the learning process. The emphasis is on the process rather than the output, providing the pupil with real insights into their own ways of thinking and working. 

Pupils who complete the iPQ will have been given the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills that will help prepare them for the transition to senior schools. Similar in format to the Extended Project Qualification commonly taken in sixth forms and valued as part of university entrance procedures, the ISEB Project Qualification prepares pupils for the style of learning they will be working to throughout their time at senior school, and gives them a project to show prospective schools during their application processes.


Schools can register pupils for the ISEB Project Qualification between 1 September and 30 June. Registration is done using the ISEB registration website. Each school has an account number and a password, which should be stored safely for future use.

Pupils should be registered by their full name. After successful completion of the project, this is the name that will appear on the final certificate.

Full iPQ documentation is provided to schools once they have registered pupils. The iPQ synopsis and a range of other supporting documents are provided below.


iPQ Case Study: The Banda School, Kenya

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iPQ overview presentation

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iPQ synopsis

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iPQ guide for teachers

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iPQ project checklist and record

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iPQ mark sheet

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iPQ pupil feedback sheet

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ISEB keeps fees as low as possible but must set them at a level which covers the training and support costs of this qualification.

ISEB Project Qualification fee (per candidate): £40

Moderation and results

Each pupil’s progress through the ISEB Project Qualification is assessed by the teacher and moderated by an ISEB-accredited moderator. Final grades will be awarded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.


We offer a range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities for teachers working with the iPQ. Visit our Teachers Hub for more information.

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Feedback to ISEB

Schools are invited to give feedback on the examination papers by completing ISEB’s online surveys, which are sent out after the spring examination session. It is hoped that as many schools as possible will complete the surveys for each subject. ISEB welcomes feedback from schools at any time of the year; comments should be sent to


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