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    (Original post by blackmillie)
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    Not a good situation... daaamn.
    Would you mind letting me know what resources you used: books, websites etc?
    Millie x
    In its going to be history/ international relations based, the majoirity of your sources will be books, and those will depend of what aspect of history/politics you are going to look at. However this book is amazing if you want a summary of modern middle eastern history http://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Mode...7392847&sr=8-2
    good luck!
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    (Original post by ghast)
    In its going to be history/ international relations based, the majoirity of your sources will be books, and those will depend of what aspect of history/politics you are going to look at. However this book is amazing if you want a summary of modern middle eastern history http://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Mode...7392847&sr=8-2
    good luck!
    THANKS!
    Good luck with completing yours
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    I actually started a little bit of research this evening. A very small part but still, it's a start. I've got some ideas of things to include, and I've found that there is a lot of information out there. At the moment I'm fairly happy with how it's going but I'm sure that will change when it comes to actually doing it!
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    Got my essay done and dusted Now to give to my supervisor so she can check things over.
    And onto the presentation... I was planning a speaking presentation with supporting pictures coming up on a projected screen. What do people think of that? Or is it better to do the usual boring presentation where I basically read off the screen?
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    The extended project is simply superb. One can explore a subject of one's choice. For example, I am studying the increase in anglicisms being used in modern French since 1960. Can anyone think of anything more fun?! It perfectly complements my other courses and my contact at Cambridge says that Trinity College love it. Bravo me!!
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    For my A levels i am taking Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology and the Extended project at level 3. I am not sure however, if the extended project is looked upon as a good thing when applying. It does show research and presentational skills but maybe not considered a 'real A level'.

    I am hoping to apply to medicine after my A levels are finished so if i based the exteneded project on the NHS or something related to health would this put me in a good position when applying to medicine?

    Any thought or comments are greatly appreachiated.
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    Anyone know if its better to submit the EPQ in october rather than may.
    Any disadvantages ?
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    (Original post by Sherlock.H)
    Anyone know if its better to submit the EPQ in october rather than may.
    Any disadvantages ?
    You have an identical chance of getting an A* in October and May.
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    I did my presentation today. It went really well, so I'm happy.
    Just my presentation and a bit of catch up of project diary thingy.
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    Hi

    Can somebody please tell me about EPQ: what is it? is it of any value? how much time will it take up?

    Also, if my subjects are English, G&P, French and TS, and Id like to do an English degree , what topic would you suggest?

    Sorry about the rushed post - probably not very clear!

    Many thanks x
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    (Original post by lilyalicelouise)
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    Can somebody please tell me about EPQ: what is it? is it of any value? how much time will it take up?

    Also, if my subjects are English, G&P, French and TS, and Id like to do an English degree , what topic would you suggest?

    Sorry about the rushed post - probably not very clear!

    Many thanks x
    It's only offered by AQA and Edexcel - I'm doing the AQA one.

    To paraphrase, it's an independent project - most people are doing essays (about 5000 words long) but you can make a film/sculpture/model etc. and write 1000 words explaining how you went about it. Since you're thinking of an English degree, you're probably better off doing the essay! :p:

    I can't say how much time it'll take up really - it's been on the go since August this year at college (they used the summer for research, although I started late in September and didn't have any problems) but the organisation of the project is such that I think it's been dragged out longer than necessary. If you sat down and did nothing but work on the project, I think you could have it done in a week, maybe a week and a half if you allow time for research.

    Once you've done the project, you have to present your method and findings to a "non-specialist audience", which will include your "supervisor" (a subject specialist, i.e. English teacher) who's been monitoring your progress. I'm at this stage now.

    The most annoying part is that the project's accompanied by a log which you complete to explain your thoughts at each stage of the project. Some of the content required is badly explained through the subheadings, and it gets a little repetitive, but overall it's a minor inconvenience in the scale of the project as a whole. Interestingly, I think it's marked out of 50, with only 10 of the marks going on the content of the project (the rest is on the log, planning etc.).

    In terms of what to do, I'd say something that interests you but which is relevant to your main "subject interest". I'm reading Law at university next year, so I've chosen to write about Medical Law and the difference between the legal and moral obligations of doctors to help others (e.g. in emergencies). Some others are doing English-related projects, and I think they're mainly looking at Victorian women in literature (probably because we studied Tess of the D'Urbervilles in Lit last year).

    Ooh - almost forgot - the "value" of the qualification. The highest grade is an A* and apparently it's equivalent to an AS (in terms of UCAS points anyway). I've applied to Cambridge and as such was coerced advised (:p:) that it'd be worthwhile doing the project since it shows you're capable of independent research. However, none of my university choices have included it in my offer. :no:

    Anyway, hope this helps. Feel free to quote/PM me if you've got any more questions.
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    Our college are also doing the AQA EPQ. We're taking a much more relaxed approach and just doing bits of it whenever we feel like it... I doubt any of us will have it finished before May. The majority of us are doing 1000 words and something else (presentation board, film, etc...) So I'd say its perfectly possible to fit it around all your other work.

    I had two offers which included the EPQ, one allowed me to drop a grade in another subject just for passing the EPQ, and another allowed me to drop a grade in another subject if i got a B in the EPQ. So I'd say its definitely worth doing!
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    (Original post by lilyalicelouise)
    Hi

    Can somebody please tell me about EPQ: what is it? is it of any value? how much time will it take up?
    Also, if my subjects are English, G&P, French and TS, and Id like to do an English degree , what topic would you suggest?Sorry about the rushed post - probably not very clear!

    Many thanks x
    I'd say it's definitely of value, because it's equivalent to an AS and shows you're capable of working independently and demonstrates interest in your subject which goes beyond the A Level subject (all of which are very attractive to universities, and even if they don't include it in your offer, may help you to get an offer).

    As for the time, you can spend as much or as little time as you want on it. I'm very lazy and, according to my History teacher, a "short cut merchant" so I spent about 5 hours on mine and still got a good grade. I know some people spent about 50 on theirs though :dontknow:

    For the topic, that depends on you and what you're interested in. To throw some random ideas out there - feminism and the portrayal of women in literature? How the English language has changed? The impact of a particular literary movement (eg surrealism)? How far a particular author has contributed to the literary world? If you're stuck try looking at some English Lit university courses and see which topics the modules cover for inspiration.
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    (Original post by Doublereedfreak)
    I did my presentation today. It went really well, so I'm happy.
    Just my presentation and a bit of catch up of project diary thingy.
    Glad to hear it
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    Just a quick question about word counts:

    For the AQA spec, is 5000 words the absolute limit, or can you go slightly over? Also, are footnotes included in the final word count?
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    (Original post by themathsroom)
    The extended project is simply superb. One can explore a subject of one's choice. For example, I am studying the increase in anglicisms being used in modern French since 1960. Can anyone think of anything more fun?! It perfectly complements my other courses and my contact at Cambridge says that Trinity College love it. Bravo me!!
    That sounds like an epic EPQ!
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    (Original post by Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly.)
    You have an identical chance of getting an A* in October and May.
    Right, but I got told if you do it for October you wont have the grade for unis, only a predicted grade, so I'm thinking there is no point in doing the EPQ unless its for May. Am I wrong here ?
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    Woww there are some interesting projects on here!

    Mine was a history-based dissertation: "How did a commercial British Company come to acquire the vast majority of the sub-continent of India?"
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    i have a deadline of 15th march for my epq (aqa)...we've been told its the absolute final deadline for submission...but people on here have said you enter may or october. We have only been writing it a few months so to have it completed by next week seems impossible. Is it true you are either entered in may or october...there aren't any entries in the middle of march?
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    (Original post by 00000opppo)
    i have a deadline of 15th march for my epq (aqa)...we've been told its the absolute final deadline for submission...but people on here have said you enter may or october. We have only been writing it a few months so to have it completed by next week seems impossible. Is it true you are either entered in may or october...there aren't any entries in the middle of march?
    Presumably your school has set that as an internal deadline. So they have time to a) mark them b) internally moderate them and c) send them off.
 
 
 

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