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Cambridge International Project Qualification (Cambridge IPQ) is an exciting new project-based qualification. Students have the opportunity to develop skills by carrying out research into a topic of their choice. Taking Cambridge IPQ allows learners to demonstrate engagement with their chosen topic beyond preparation for an exam, helping them to stand out from the crowd with university and job applications.
Cambridge IPQ is typically for learners aged 16 to 19 years. It is ideal for students who want to extend learning beyond their Cambridge International AS & A Levels and are looking for an opportunity to stand out from the crowd when applying to universities and employers.
Studying for the Cambridge IPQ allows learners to demonstrate engagement with their chosen topic beyond preparation for an exam. Academic evidence suggests that this sort of deeper engagement will help develop their ability to be life-long learners.
This is a skills-based qualification. Learners develop higher-order thinking skills that universities and employers look for, including analysis, evaluation and synthesis. It also builds their research, reflection and communication skills.
Learners complete a 5000 word research project on a topic of their own choice. They can choose a subject to complement one of their Cambridge International AS or A Levels, or a topic that they are passionate about. They devise and develop a research question, conduct research to answer this question, record their progress in a research log and write a research report.
In consultation with their teacher who will support them, students will:
Cambridge IPQ is a single component that is externally assessed (all projects are marked by Cambridge examiners). Students will be eligible for grades A* to E (i.e. the same grade set as a Cambridge International A Level). Although it is a standalone qualification, it will be marked by Cambridge at the same level of demand as a Cambridge International AS Level.
First teaching is from June 2019 onwards. The first exam series will be in June 2020 (and then available in November 2020 and following March 2021 series).
There is a range of practical resources so that you can give your learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge IPQ:
Download materials from our School Support Hub.
Yes. Training will be available from 2019 onwards. Visit our Events and training calendar to find a course.
The Cambridge IPQ builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills typically gained by candidates taking Cambridge IGCSEs or O Levels. We recommend that learners who are beginning this course have attained communication and literacy skills at a level equivalent to Cambridge IGCSE/ GCSE Grade C in English.
If you are already a Cambridge Upper Secondary and Advanced school, you can teach the programme from June 2019 onwards. If you are interested in becoming a Cambridge school, complete our Expression of Interest form.