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    (Original post by Futuremedic2096)
    Thanks!
    Unfortunately not as there are some slackers in my year! Are you year 12/13
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    (Original post by nothepreacher)
    Yes
    Sorry I meant year 12 or13
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    (Original post by Futuremedic2096)
    Sorry I meant year 12 or13
    Yr 13. Actually, I have done my a levels in chem bio and math, and now I am on a gap year fast tracking physics and further maths and doing a2 psychology which I dropped in 2nd year.
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    (Original post by nothepreacher)
    Yr 13. Actually, I have done my a levels in chem bio and math, and now I am on a gap year fast tracking physics and further maths and doing a2 psychology which I dropped in 2nd year.
    Wow that's a lot of a levels, I'm in yr12! What do you hope to do?
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    (Original post by Futuremedic2096)
    Wow that's a lot of a levels, I'm in yr12! What do you hope to do?
    Chemical Engineering at Bath
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    Is it possible to both create an artefact and write a longer essay for EPQ?
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    (Original post by Necrosyrtes)
    Is it possible to both create an artefact and write a longer essay for EPQ?
    If you mean can you prepare and artefact AND write a dissertation, then no, because you can't entire twice. Plus, that's an entirely unnecessary amount of extra work. However, the nature of your artefact may mean that you have to do some essay writing. When I did mine (it was a short story) I did a lot of writing about why I made certain decisions, and my evaluation was a mini essay of around 1000 words. But essentially no, because if you're doing an artefact there won't be a long essay to write.
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    Got my presentation tomorrow. Exciting stuff. Glad it'll finally be over.
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    (Original post by Paparazzo)
    Got my presentation tomorrow. Exciting stuff. Glad it'll finally be over.
    Got mine Wednesday.

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    My presentation went well. Now the only thing left is to perfect the production log. Does anybody have a guide of what it requires to get the top grades?
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    hi, i just wanted to ask if a presentation that was 15 minutes long was ok and whether the q and a is included in the 15 minutes
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    Hi everyone. I'm wondering if getting a C or a D in my EPQ will affect my chances of getting into a good university for physics. I'd love to study physics at Oxford, and all my other grades are good. I'm getting almost 100 UMS in every past paper/mock I do in my other subjects. I'm just worried that this grade in the EPQ will ruin my chances of getting into a good university.

    Thank you.
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    (Original post by jai998)
    Hi everyone. I'm wondering if getting a C or a D in my EPQ will affect my chances of getting into a good university for physics. I'd love to study physics at Oxford, and all my other grades are good. I'm getting almost 100 UMS in every past paper/mock I do in my other subjects. I'm just worried that this grade in the EPQ will ruin my chances of getting into a good university.

    Thank you.
    Doing an EPQ is interesting to a good university, but don't worry; not doing one or getting a bad grade won't affect your chances. It's an optional extra subject, and it's 'special' nature has gone down in recent years as more and more schools make students do it. An average grade in it is fine and won't bother any university, just make sure to focus on your main subjects.
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    (Original post by jai998)
    Hi everyone. I'm wondering if getting a C or a D in my EPQ will affect my chances of getting into a good university for physics. I'd love to study physics at Oxford, and all my other grades are good. I'm getting almost 100 UMS in every past paper/mock I do in my other subjects. I'm just worried that this grade in the EPQ will ruin my chances of getting into a good university.

    Thank you.
    It probably won't affect your chances. But how I would look at it is that it is a grade that will be with you for the rest of your life - weather you apply for a job you will be required to bring certificates for your a levels and quite frankly I'd rather not have a D grade on EPQ haunt me for the rest of my life! If you're not fully focused on it my advice would be to drop it..
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    Just finished my presentation, soooooo glad it's over! Now time to polish up my log and focus on exams *sigh*
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    Finished everything and is submitted. I feel like I could have done much better but had a supervisor who rarely had time for me.
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    (Original post by Adam92)
    There have been so many questions about the EPQ and its value floating around lately, so it's better to clump them all into one thread. Much of this information is taken from the AQA specification, which is the board my college follows.

    AQA Specification: http://store.aqa.org.uk/over/pdf/AQA-EPQ-W-SP-07-08.PDF

    Edexcel Specification: http://www.edexcel.com/iwantto/I%20w...20Projects.pdf

    OCR Specification: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications...ect/index.html

    WJEC Specification: http://www.wjec.co.uk/index.php?subject=30&level=162

    What is the EPQ?

    The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is free standing qualification offered by AQA and Edexcel. It involves choosing a topic and carrying out some pretty hardcore research into that particular area, then creating EITHER a 5,000 word report OR a 'product' + a 1,000 word report. After that, you must deliver a small presentation to a group of non-specialists about your topic, lasting from 10 - 15 mins.

    Why should I do it?

    For your own sake. It allows you to develop your personal interests on a topic you feel genuinely passionate about. Plus, it helps when applying for uni (especially competitive ones, such as Oxbridge), as you are set apart from all the other straight A candidates. It demonstrates your commitment to a subject, and allows you to develop the independent research skills needed for undergraduate study. If you are lucky enough to receive an interview from your desired university, it gives you something to talk about and really get your teeth into so you don't run out of things to say.

    Does the topic have to be related to my A-levels?

    Nope, not at all. It can be on literally ANYTHING you want, within reason. You cannot do a project on WW2 for example - that's far too broad. You must eventually boil it down to an individual research question. It would be wise to choose your topic based on what you intend on studying after college, not for the hell of it.

    Advice on choosing a topic:

    - don't duplicate what you've already done at A-level
    - choose an aspect of a subject you want to study in more depth
    - the topic must be clearly focused
    - ideally, you'd want something you could conduct a lot of research into
    - ask your subject teachers or TSR for specific subject related ideas

    What could my 'product' be?

    If you don't fancy writing that beastly report, here's a few ideas for a product:
    - a short story or book
    - a performance (dance, dramatic..)
    - a website or program
    - a piece of art
    - a musical recording
    - a short film or media clip
    - a model or something you've made

    Some research assistance:
    - distinguish between primary and secondary resources
    - bare in mind sampling errors, or the validity of the data
    - assess the credibility of the data (ie. does the author have anything to gain by misleading us into thinking it is true?) (have a look here: http://www.criticalthinking.org.uk/u...ofcredibility/)
    - obviously avoid plagiarism
    - reference all your findings
    - keep a bibliography

    Some research methods:
    - surveys/polls/questionnaires
    - interview experts in your topic
    - books and journals
    - the internet
    - official publications
    - newspapers
    - reports

    How is it graded?

    A*-E. Candidate who don't achieve at least an E will be not be awarded with the qualification.

    Assessment objective weightings [specification - page 10]:

    20% - management: identify, design, plan, and complete the individual project, or task within a group project, applying organisational skills and strategies to meet stated objectives

    20% - resources: obtain and select information from a range of sources, analyse data, apply relevantly and demonstrate understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of your topic.

    40% - '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

    20% - present/review/evaluation: 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

    Who can do it?

    Your college will tell you if you're able to. Unfortunately, the EPQ isn't available for private entry on AQA or Edexcel. [AQA specification - page 14][Edexcel specification - page 257]

    How long will it take to complete? I'm worried it might interfere with my A-levels.

    Most students start work over the summer holidays, during the AS-A2 transition, so it doesn't mess up their studies. It is expected you spend around 120 hours in all, some may do it in less, some may take considerably longer - they are only guidelines.






    Feel free to ask any questions, I'll try to help as much as possible, if I can't I'm sure someone else can :p:
    At my school I've submitted an application for an EPQ so I suppose this question will only be relevant if I get in. But for my question - how has the internet affected communication? - I'd like to take videos from the internet as examples. But obviously you can't watch these in an essay response. Could I make a blog/website for a response?
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    (Original post by Stuart_M)
    At my school I've submitted an application for an EPQ so I suppose this question will only be relevant if I get in. But for my question - how has the internet affected communication? - I'd like to take videos from the internet as examples. But obviously you can't watch these in an essay response. Could I make a blog/website for a response?
    I guess so then you'd be making an Artefact +1000 word essay
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    This may sound like a weird question...but you know the production log..is it meant to be handwritten, or can we just type it up? because my teacher didn't specify, but he sent me the log in a document...
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    (Original post by rabirabbit)
    This may sound like a weird question...but you know the production log..is it meant to be handwritten, or can we just type it up? because my teacher didn't specify, but he sent me the log in a document...
    I did a bit of both in mine.
 
 
 

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