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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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    • Eastbury Sixth Form provides a supportive environment in which students feel valued, grow in confidence and fulfill their academic, moral and social potential by combining high expectations with a powerful support network.

      Our Sixth form results for both academic and vocational courses are amongst the very best in Barking and Dagenham and many of our students go on to attend the country’s most competitive Universities and Apprenticeships.

      By joining Eastbury Sixth Form as part of the Southern Consortium students are choosing to become part of a thriving community with an ever-growing reputation for academic excellence, a comprehensive enrichment programme and post-18 support to ensure every student leaves on an aspirational and well-matched progression route.

      We place a high emphasis on not just the academic attainment of our students, but also their moral and social development.  We offer a wide range of trips, events and workshops to ensure all our students leave as confidant, independent and responsible young adults with an appetite to continue their learning with vigor and enthusiasm.

      We are all extremely proud to be part of the sixth form community, no more so than when visitors comment on the happy and purposeful atmosphere they find here; this comes from the warm relationships which exist between staff and students, creating a community in which each person is valued, can flourish, and achieve their full potential.

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