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Exam Board Specification  


How the course is assessed

Internally Assessed Using 4 criteria:




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.


Description of course

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.

Higher education, future careers and progression routes

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.

2017 Examination success rates

100% pass rate

A*-A 41%

A*-B 66%

A*-C 95%

Entry criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 or higher in English Language, grade 4 or higher in Maths (point score of 46 or higher).

Additional 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’.

An increasing number of universities are including the EPQ in their offers to students.

"Nearly 1 in 5 successful applicants to Durham had completed the EPQ" - The Sunday Times 16 Feb 2014.

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