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    What about the double jeopardy law? That's pretty controversial
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    Sorry to say that no one is likely to give away their ideas as they might want to use it for themselves. The best advice I can give is to look for examples of what you want to write about in current affairs. The more popular the issue is the more information you will find about it and the more applicable it will be.
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    (Original post by honeybidz)
    i start AS in september and we start extended project qualification then too, i'm interested in business/economics and law, so ideally would like to do the epq on something to do with law. along the lines of the death penalty argument (but obviously i dont want to do that one haha) and was wondering if anyone had any practical ideas for an idea to do with very interesting and VERY controversial law? thankyou!
    Haha I've just finished my epq on the death penalty
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    I'd like to raise the issue of the infamous mathematics EPQ again. Those, like me, wishing to pursue it are probably aware of the disadvantages of this theoretical course. Amongst them are the fact that anything university level are hard to convey across to the audience during the presentation and some may well be too hard for even the person him/herself so the choice of subject is crucial.

    What I'm thinking at the moment is that abstract (pure) mathematics is pretty much out of bound for our level in my opinion. Perhaps, we could comprehend number theory or linear algebra but it would be virtually impossible to convey this across in the presentation to those not familiar. So purely abstract mathematics is a no-go.

    Other aspects such as topics covered by popular maths books are an issue because popular maths books are not exactly very mathematical whilst the topics they cover have the potential to be too mathematical (Quantum Mechanics is an obvious example). Another example which seems to be popular is fractals which in its simple form is not very mathematical whilst in its full form involves complex dynamics.

    My sentiments are that an applied field such as mechanics is the best choice because a balance between theory and something practical (a model or whatever) is very easy to find.
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    Do most people do their EPs over summer or do they have it timetabled in their second year?

    Because my college have their own specialised EP for which you have to combine subject areas which you do over summer, but also do the normal EPQ as a timetabled option.

    I'm doing the normal EPQ, but my friend said I should have it finished before applying to uni so I can talk about it in my statement..:confused:
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    I've got 'work experience' soon, based on mathematical modelling (nuffield bursary scheme), which I want to base my EPQ on - but it is possible to write a 5000 report with my project being mathematically based?
    I want to do engineering at university, but I don't know what I could base my EPQ on - especially as most of the engineering course is new stuff that I haven't come across yet.
    Or should I do something physics-based?

    Any advice/experience appreciated
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    My advice would be to not bother with an EPQ and do something that will actually enhance your application such as wider reading to deepen your understanding. This message is not usually well received on TSR.
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    My advice would be to not bother with an EPQ and do something that will actually enhance your application such as wider reading to deepen your understanding. This message is not usually well received on TSR.
    But we were told that it would enhance our application. I know I do plenty of reading, plus I have this awesome placement over the summer, but wouldn't an EPQ show commitment, interest and the ability to undertake independent study? I just want to make sure that I'm not going to regret not taking it :P
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    (Original post by kirkio)
    I'm doing engineering at uni too. My EPQ was about ants and shortest paths. I even built an ant farm to obseve them. Unfortunately, all I observed is that ants don't doo all that much. At least when you're watching anyway. Sneaky buggers. I'd suggest doing something interesting because unless you're organised, at some point, you will have to stay up the whole night, writing it all the day before it's due in. And if its really boring, its hard to stay awake.
    Yeah, I can't find something that interests me enough really - well, interesting enough to write 5000 words about
    I was thinking about car/jet engines or formula one mechanics maybe... But then what title should I write?
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    (Original post by lekha2611)
    But we were told that it would enhance our application. I know I do plenty of reading, plus I have this awesome placement over the summer, but wouldn't an EPQ show commitment, interest and the ability to undertake independent study? I just want to make sure that I'm not going to regret not taking it :P
    An EPQ done well can show all these things but most people treat it as a chore to be endured or a box to tick and it may consequently reveal a dearth of research skills and an attitude to independent learning that is better left hidden.

    Edit: To make my point, here are a selection of quotes from earlier in this thread (names removed as I am not finger-pointing and I have used a bit of selective editing for comedic effect):

    I based mine on operant conditional techniques in psychology and applied it to conditioning horses as a practical. I got full marks because I chose a specialised subject so they just believed me - I gave my presentation to a geographer and a spanish teacher so didn't get a real grilling. It helps to do something other people won't know anything about.
    Finished the actual project last week cracked out 6000 words over 5 days. Can't believe its only like 40% of the total though. I now have to go back and do the planning / research etc.
    You could do 2,500 words a day and finish in 2 days. Bull****, waffle and comment on quotes a lot.
    I want to do my EP on dentistry because this will look very good on my application form but I don't know what to write about, I don't know what is going on in the dentistry world. i have searched loads but I can't find anything, I need something that is interesting, that will catch peoples eye, get a high mark for. Please let me know what to do, thank you.
    I replied "Pick something you can get your teeth into." No-one noticed.

    I haven't got a title yet. I might be thinking of doing something on Derren Brown.
    I thought of the perfect topic: Harry Potter. Me doing a project on Harry Potter would be beyond perfect. I know everything there is to know about it.
    My topic will be lucid dreaming since I already have contact with a university student and he has a website providing a lot of info and references to useful books and professors. 5000 words isn't that much is it? I made a book (3 pages) which was 2000 words easily and writing about a topic is much easier than a book. I only need a structure and fill it with me knowledge so that it is understandable by laymen and professionals.
    I'm a bit confused about what topic to do it on. At first I was thinking schizophrenia, I've a long family history of schizophrenics. I have done work experience in an oncology ward so I could take interesting pictures. Now I have no idea what to do. Could also write about cancer in general.
    Hey I'm doing my extended project on key decisions made by the U.K. government in the past 40 years. I was just wondering if you guys could point me to a few decisions made by the authorities which are most important and why.
    I've been doing the EPQ for 9 months but decided the other day to change my project. I have gone from Eating Disorders to Fascism.
    My title is How feasible is brain transplantation and could it take us to immortality?
    heyyy. my college had an application process for doing the EPQ next year however i was refused i dont know why they didnt say anything jus that the application process was really difficult bu i really wanted to do it is there anyway i can appeal for it? cus i really dont understand cus my grades are good!!!!! n wa exam board is the EPQ done through? i'm peridcted a's and b's isnt dat good enough?
    My initial idea for an essay title was "Assessment of the effect caffeine has upon various human brain receptors," I thought about following this idea with a short but sweet experiment measuring reaction time against amounts of caffeine ingested in mg (As my chemistry teacher has access to crystalline caffeine).
    The crystalline caffine health warning: "WARNING! MAY BE HARMFUL IF INHALED OR SWALLOWED. INHALATION CAUSES RAPID HEART RATE, EXCITEMENT, DIZZINESS, PAIN, COLLAPSE, HYPOTENSION, FEVER, SHORTNESS OF BREATHE. MAY CAUSE HEADACHE, INSOMNIA, NAUSEA, VOMITING, STOMACH PAIN, COLLAPSE AND CONVULSIONS...FATALITIES HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO OCCUR"

    I'm doing a survery into swine flu for my 'Extended Project Qualification' for college and I need to do a questionnaire to help me to complete it.

    1. Age: 0-10 11-18 19-39 40-65 65+

    2. Do you think you contracted swine flu?
    Yes No Unsure
    Im doing an extended project on Tornadoes. Im not gathering research for a 5000 word essay on this topic and I was just wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of any good research websites? Im going to email a couple of universities who have good meteorological departments, The royal meteorological society, This american organisation (ive forgotten the name) Thanks
    I REALLY want to do sexual perversion for my EPQ but my teacher's said it wouldn't be appropriate and therefore I have to stick to the "safe" option and do feminism which I'm sick of, tbh.
    Any ideas of what I could do for EPQ - ideally including arabic. Id be really grateful if replies to this specifically could be sent to my email - addressremoved - just so i dont have to trawl through to find them"
    I'm doing my epq on conviction rates and i'm tryna get my hand on the data to find out what the conviction rates are for different crimes e.g. rape, murder etc. Only i can't find them anywhere on the internet, I've emailed the home office and CPS, but do you have any suggestions where i could find this info?
    Ok so I'm considering an EPQ on fractals..so far I have ordered: Fractals: images of Chaos (can't remember author, sorry) What could I write about them? Kind of unable to think of ideas!
    Im gathering some information for my extended project qualification and I would really appreciate if you could share your personal opinions and beliefs on what you think of the 9/11 and whether you believe that the 9/11 terrorist attacks was controlled by the United States Government. Do you think it was an inside job? Was the World Trade Centre a controlled demolition?
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    An EPQ done well can show all these things but most people treat it as a chore to be endured or a box to tick and it may consequently reveal a dearth of research skills and an attitude to independent learning that is better left hidden.

    Edit: To make my point, here are a selection of quotes from earlier in this thread (names removed as I am not finger-pointing and I have used a bit of selective editing for comedic effect):

    'I REALLY want to do sexual perversion for my EPQ'
    When you read that were you thinking:
    "tut tut...such a dearth of...research skills...I do wonder about her attitude to...independent learning..."
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    (Original post by Mellete)
    When you read that were you thinking:
    "tut tut...such a dearth of...research skills...I do wonder about her attitude to...independent learning..."
    Something like that.
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    Oh God. I haven't even started the research for it since the summer holiday started. I have a title (sort of) and have found a couple of books but haven't read them. I think I'm losing motivation about this thing. :/
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    Oh God. I haven't even started the research for it since the summer holiday started. I have a title (sort of) and have found a couple of books but haven't read them. I think I'm losing motivation about this thing. :/
    Same. I was really into it but now I'm considering dropping it
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    Hi guys~I'm planning to apply for Cambridge and I've just completed my AS Level. I was told that we needed extended project as part of our application to Cambridge but I'm still pretty much clueless about this thing. Does anyone know where can I get any examples or references for this thingy? I just wanna see roughly what is it all about because I was only told by my teacher to do research on my chosen topic-transgender and that's all. I have to write a 5000 words long essay but I still don't know where to start my research!!! This is "desperately" urgent!!! Thanks million lots to whoever my saviour is!!!

    p/s: sorry if there's any error in my grammar
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    Who told you you needed it for Cambridge??
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    You dont need it but it sure looks good to have because at the end of the day its practice for uni dissertations and im sure unis appreciate that.
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    You definitely don't need it for Cambridge.

    It might be helpful, I don't really know.
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    They didn't mention mine - it wasn't actually that much effort so if you're offered it you might as well do it but you definitely don't need to do it
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    Hi guys,
    I'm waiting currently only on my EPQ result being externally moderated (i need 10 points -_-) to get in to uni this year after it passed internally. Do you know if it will be sent to the unis and updated on track on results day or will i have to inform them? Bit annoying having to wait just for these 10 points, was hoping that possibly they would inform and change to unconditinal early fingers crossed.

    Thanks!
 
 
 

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