(Original post by alldaydreaming)
That's great! My school didn't have EPQ, we asked them to offer it and they are looking to start it in the summer term. What is an EPQ like? Is it like doing another subject or a smaller workload? And how did you find it, do you think it's worth it?
That's really wonderful - the EPQ is fab for university skills! It's a frickton of work, not going to lie - I wrote over 20,000 words in draft (and researched for those words) before writing my 8,000 word final EPQ. It's easily 60 hours of work, but because you're scheduling it yourself it can either be easier or harder than a school subject, I think. I tended to devote 3 really intensive days over the two half terms I had, and then an entire week of Christmas less intensively, and I'm looking to get an A* (I hope). But being able to research something that interests you is
, and so motivating! And you learn a lot of planning and essay writing skills, too - I know my analytical abilities have improved as a result of my EPQ. Lastly, the project log is super annoying but has to be done and isn't too
bad to do, and the presentation is a trial by fire - I was dry-mouthed and shaking a bit by the end of mine, but felt almost omnipotent! It was so, so worth it. (Plus, universities like it a lot!)
So as to what it actually is - it's a roughly 5,000 word essay (or an 'artefact' e.g. charity show, composition, model etc + 1,000 words) on a subject of your choice + a project log (reflections, analysing your sources, saying how awful you are and what you wish you'd done better) + a 15-ish minute presentation with 10 mins of questions. (or at least, that's what it is for AQA) You must make sure your question title is tight - mine was "How were women portrayed by the Augustan Love Elegists" (of which there are only 4) but even after multiple attempts to cut it down, it ended up being super long! So, y'know, keep that in mind. You're going to want to use mainly peer-reviewed journals/books as sources (+ documentaries etc - anything actually accredited and properly trustworthy: look into getting jstor access), and make sure you include and analyse multiple points of views from secondary sources, whilst integrating your primary sources too. You're definitely going to have to redraft several times. It's annoying as heck but a good life lesson and just keep in mind that you're working to make it the best you can.
I think if you put a lot into the EPQ, you'll get a lot out, and if you don't put a lot into the EPQ you get nothing but a bad time, tbh.
I hope this was kinda useful - if you have any other questions please feel free to ask!