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    I'm intending to study Criminology at University so I want to do an EPQ on it! However I'm lacking inspiration for a question and how to structure it... Could anybody help? Thanks in advance

    I'm afraid I don't know much about criminology as I've never studied it, but I can give you some general EPQ help!

    Assuming you're with AQA and you're doing the 5000 word essay, you'll probably lay it out something like this (this is how I structured mine):

    The title question

    The titles which allow projects to gain the highest marks are usually ones for which you can argue for and against in the essay. "To what extent" and "How far can" are good starting phrases to use.

    The essay

    1. Introduction (bear in mind that the introduction is often easier to write at the end of the project)

    Start by introducing your question, for example: "The question I am researching is '[essay title here]'", then explain the aim of your project, i.e. what you plan to find out. Also mention what sources of information you will use, and how your essay is going to be structured.

    2. Main essay

    Here you should discuss all of the main points and arguments which will help to answer your question. This should be the bulk of your essay; remember to use paragraphs and reference any quotes you use correctly so that the examiner can refer to them in the bibliography.

    3. Conclusion

    In the conclusion you should briefly discuss the most significant points/arguments again and come to a conclusion which answers your original title question.

    4. Bibliography

    The bibliography should include sources for all images and quotes you use in your essay. Keep a note of the date when you found each source as well and add them in square brackets after each source. If I remember correctly, you need at least three different types of sources of information, for example a book, a website and a TV programme – you get marks specifically for doing this. I would check with your teacher though to be sure!

    The presentation

    When you have completed your essay, you’ll need to give a short 10-15 minute presentation on your EPQ topic. The presentation should have slides dedicated to the following: why you chose to do an EPQ, why you chose your specific title, sources of information you used, what you found out, your conclusion, any problems you encountered during the project, benefits of doing an EPQ, what you would do differently if you did the project again, and whether you would recommend doing an EPQ to others. There must also be opportunity for the audience to ask questions, either during the presentation or at the end.

    The Log Book

    As well as the essay, you’ll also need to complete a Log Book (I think it’s also sometimes called a Production Log) - remember to fill it in thoroughly because this is the part which gets you most of the marks. You fill in the Log Book at various stages during your EPQ: at the start, middle and end of the project. Inside the Log Book there is guidance on what to include, but I found it very vague, so basically at each stage you’ll write about 1) what has gone well and what has gone badly, 2) any changes you have made to the project e.g. the title, structure etc, 3) what you plan to do next, and 4) any recommendations from your EPQ mentor/supervisor. You also need to write about your presentation, but again, the Log Book will have instructions on what you need to include.

    At the end of the Log Book there is a section titled ‘Reflection’. Don’t be tempted to skimp on this section, as it’s worth A LOT of marks – they give you an entire page of answer space for a reason!

    I hope this gives you a better idea of what to do; if you have any more questions feel free to message me (I got an A in my EPQ)
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