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    hey guys i got 4 A's at AS

    and the subject i want to drop economics i got the best marks in, but i really dont enjoy it. I want to be a medic in 2010. So do you think its worth me carrying on A2 economics, or just doing the extended project on something medicine based like haematology which i am interested in, how would unis compare the two?
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    (Original post by PGtips92)
    Finished the actual project last week cracked out 6000 words over 5 days :woo:

    Can't believe its only like 40% of the total though!! I now have to go back and do the planning / "research" / etc :rolleyes:

    What do we have to do about the presentation as well?
    Well done :gthumb:

    I'm just leaving my presentation until I get back to college
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    (Original post by a.sehgal)
    hey guys i got 4 A's at AS

    and the subject i want to drop economics i got the best marks in, but i really dont enjoy it. I want to be a medic in 2010. So do you think its worth me carrying on A2 economics, or just doing the extended project on something medicine based like haematology which i am interested in, how would unis compare the two?
    I'd drop econ and do the EPQ.. because as you know most uni's only make you an offer based on 3 A2's (not sure if you need more for medicine though? hm)
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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:
    Hi there,

    I am really interested in doing this, but have only just found out about it. Is this something your school's got you into because mine hasn't said anything about it I'm thinking of doing something similar to my english language A2 coursework- basically applying liguistic theories to modern day conversations and social networking sites.

    Am I too late in starting?
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    Im not sure what Im meant to be doing, I included research in my report because it said so in the guide .
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    (Original post by manx1991)
    Hi there,

    I am really interested in doing this, but have only just found out about it. Is this something your school's got you into because mine hasn't said anything about it I'm thinking of doing something similar to my english language A2 coursework- basically applying liguistic theories to modern day conversations and social networking sites.

    Am I too late in starting?
    You're school has to register to take part in it. I don't know when the official registration deadlines are, but you should definitely ask your tutor at school to see if you could do it next year.
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    My work experience has given me sooooo many ideas! :rave:
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    (Original post by natty_d)
    My work experience has given me sooooo many ideas! :rave:
    Care to share?
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    (Original post by Adam92)
    You're school has to register to take part in it. I don't know when the official registration deadlines are, but you should definitely ask your tutor at school to see if you could do it next year.
    grr... awell, I've spoken to a few people in my year who aren't happy with not being offered the chance so I think if I speak to the head of year he'll definately find demand for it for next year. Thanks anyway
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    Am starting this in October. Hooray.
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    (Original post by A-Man!)
    Am starting this in October. Hooray.
    Will that be for 2010?
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    (Original post by manx1991)
    Will that be for 2010?
    Umm yeah, probably submit for June.
    Was going to start the work in summer, but have decided to do it across the entire academic year.
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    (Original post by A-Man!)
    Umm yeah, probably submit for June.
    Was going to start the work in summer, but have decided to do it across the entire academic year.
    Thanks Just trying to work out registration deadlines, so if I talk to my school in September, I think the next registration deadline is October... Sorry, really want to do this
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    (Original post by addylad)
    Care to share?
    I worked at a investment management place basically a pension fund. It was very insightful!
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    (Original post by natty_d)
    I worked at a investment management place basically a pension fund. It was very insightful!
    Cool cool. Hmm I wonder whether I could link my job in a lab to the EPQ. :woo:
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    (Original post by addylad)
    Cool cool. Hmm I wonder whether I could link my job in a lab to the EPQ. :woo:
    I'm pretty sure you can :teeth:

    When you see something first hand, it counts as a different type of source, surely? :dontknow:
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    (Original post by natty_d)
    I'm pretty sure you can :teeth:

    When you see something first hand, it counts as a different type of source, surely? :dontknow:
    Does it have to be answering a question, or explaining/investigating? Perhaps during my course I'll do a project that I'll be able to recycle.
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    Oooh I'm doing an EP, mine is on the development of the clarinet and its repertoire since 1700, focusing on how particular composers wrote for particular clarinettists.

    It is very interesting, and I do enjoy it, although getting into it is always hard, but I'm fine once I've got going. On about 3000 words atm but need to have finished by the time I go back to school :eek:

    Does anyone know whether they are meant to be 5000 or 6000 words btw? As different people keep saying different things? :dontknow:
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    (Original post by clarinetplayer92)
    Oooh I'm doing an EP, mine is on the development of the clarinet and its repertoire since 1700, focusing on how particular composers wrote for particular clarinettists.

    It is very interesting, and I do enjoy it, although getting into it is always hard, but I'm fine once I've got going. On about 3000 words atm but need to have finished by the time I go back to school :eek:

    Does anyone know whether they are meant to be 5000 or 6000 words btw? As different people keep saying different things? :dontknow:
    What exam board is yours?

    AQA is around 5,000 and Edexcel is between 5,000 and 6,000
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    (Original post by Adam92)
    What exam board is yours?

    AQA is around 5,000 and Edexcel is between 5,000 and 6,000
    AQA and thanks!
 
 
 

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