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EPQ AS Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

This stand-alone AS qualification from AQA provides an exciting opportunity for you to conduct your own research, something you are interested in or enthusiastic about.  This qualification is very flexible and taps into your creativity and interests, giving you significant input into choice and design. Your project can be submitted in any format appropriate to the topic.

Course content

AO1 - Manage the project: 

Identify, design, plan, and complete the individual project, or task within a group project, applying organisational skills and strategies to meet stated objectives.

AO2 - Use Resources/Research

Obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of their topic. 

AO3 - Develop and Realise the project

Select and use a range of skills, including new technologies, to solve problems, to take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, and to achieve planned outcomes. 

AO4 - Review the project

Evaluate outcomes including own learning and performance. Select and use a range of communication skills and media to convey and present evidenced outcomes and conclusions.


AO1 - Manage the project 20%

AO2 - Use Resources/Research 20%

AO3 - Develop and Realise the project 40%

AO4 - Review the project 20%


Future opportunities

Besides progression into higher education, the course is flexible and it can play an important role in any future study/career. It is a very creative subject and will help learners to develop skills such as problem solving and make decisions, critical thinking, organisation and communication. It is particular relevant to Higher Education, further education and the work place. Learners can tailor their projects to suit their needs and aspirations.

Further information

To prepare for the course learners can choose a topic area and read around their subject, keeping a record of sources used and their benefits to the project. Learners can also log onto the AQA website and use the student link to ‘what makes a student standout’.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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    • Riverside School, opened in September 2013, is a popular and successful school serving the local community with the very highest standard of education to ensure “Excellence for All”.

      Joining the Southern Consortium in September 2017, Riverside Campus will be a new Sixth Form housed in a modern and exceptionally well resourced new school building. Facilities will be unrivalled. Expectations for sixth form students will mirror that of all Southern Consortium school sites. Excellent teaching and learning will be coupled with a wide range of enhancement activities to ensure that all students fulfil their academic potential and achieve their life goals. There will be plenty of opportunity for private study to ensure academic excellence is achieved in a supportive and caring environment, as well as opportunities to participate in highly effective aspirational programmes, with links to Russell Group Universities.

      This new school Sixth Form will have learning at the heart of everything, whilst celebrating diversity and ensuring respect for all its students in order to meet the high aspirations it has for all.

      Consortium Transport

      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.