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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at The Victory Academy

Course description

The Extended Project Qualification is highly praised by universities because it provides students the opportunity to develop and improve their own learning and performance as critical, reflective and independent learners.  The student makes a significant constribution to the choice and design of an Extended Project and therefore will have to apply decision-making and problem-solving skills most sought after by universities and employers.

Wherever possible it is expected that students will be creative , innovative and develop confidence in applying new technologies to the project.

Course content

The Projects allow students to choose their own topic and manage the direction their research takes.  As well as choosing their topic students need to choose the format of their finished product.  This could be a :

  • Research Report - an academic essay built upon research and development of ideas and arguments
  • Production - for example, a perfomance piece, charity event or catwalk show, which may be recorded in a journal, on DVD, video, CD, or a PowerPoint presentation (accompanied by a writen report)
  • Artefact - this could be something like a piece of art, poster, computer programme, car engine or piece of furniture (accompanied by a written report)

The beauty of the Projects is their flexibility.  Students should use the Projects to:

  • look beyond their current specifications
  • become critical thinkers and independent learners
  • gain as much as possible from their learning experience
  • extend and develop from their learning from other subjects.


Entry requirements

  • Students should have at least five A* - C grades at GCSE, including grade 4 in English Literature or Language and grade 4 in Mathematics


The evidence for assessment will comprise of the following:

  • the completed Production Log and Assessment Record including the Project Proposal Form, Presentation Record and Candidate Record Form
  • The project product including a written report and any other evidence, as appropriate, depending on the topic or subject area shown.

Future opportunities

There is increasing evidence that universities take the EPQ into account when formulating offers because it prepares students for university study.  It develops and provides evidence of the skills universities are looking for:

  • experienve of in-depth study in specialised topics, eg. medical research, politics or astronomy. closer to actual university courses
  • confidence to work independently and creatively
  • practice in essay writing and independent research

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Victory Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Up to 2 years
  • Course code: EPQ