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    Hi guys. I am a year 12 student and I have opted to do the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at my school. The examination officer has given me the job of choosing the exam board (OCR, AQA, Edexcel). I want to do my EPQ independently, I don't want to be relying on teachers to teach me the content.

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    (Original post by tantalised)
    Hi guys. I am a year 12 student and I have opted to do the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at my school. The examination officer has given me the job of choosing the exam board (OCR, AQA, Edexcel). I want to do my EPQ independently, I don't want to be relying on teachers to teach me the content.

    Many thanks.
    I can't advise on the other exam boards, but I did my EPQ with AQA and we didn't get taught anything really. We had a few EPQ 'lessons' which introduced the EPQ before the summer holidays, and a few more after the holidays to make sure we'd completed everything, but that was it. The only other help we received was from our mentors, whom we met up with every now and then to discuss our progress and gain feedback from. The point of the EPQ is to carry out an independent project, so you'll be doing the majority of it completely on your own anyway, you'll be responsible for getting the research done, referencing correctly, meeting the deadlines and so on
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    I can't advise on the other exam boards, but I did my EPQ with AQA and we didn't get taught anything really. We had a few EPQ 'lessons' which introduced the EPQ before the summer holidays, and a few more after the holidays to make sure we'd completed everything, but that was it. The only other help we received was from our mentors, whom we met up with every now and then to discuss our progress and gain feedback from. The point of the EPQ is to carry out an independent project, so you'll be doing the majority of it completely on your own anyway, you'll be responsible for getting the research done, referencing correctly, meeting the deadlines and so on
    Hello. Thank you for your informative answer to my question. I'm glad to hear that there isn't a high level of teaching involved. I would rather just get on with it by myself in my own time Just a quick question - how many words was your EPQ? I've just been reading the AQA specification and it doesn't specify the word count. On the OCR spec it says 5,000 words
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    Hello. Thank you for your informative answer to my question. I'm glad to hear that there isn't a high level of teaching involved. I would rather just get on with it by myself in my own time Just a quick question - how many words was your EPQ? I've just been reading the AQA specification and it doesn't specify the word count. On the OCR spec it says 5,000 words
    You're welcome! Generally most EPQs are between 4500 and 5500 words in length, mine was around 4300 I think, and I still got an A. I don't recommend doing less than 4000 words though (your project needs to be detailed), or more than 6000 (equally, try not to make your project too rambly!)
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    You're welcome! Generally most EPQs are between 4500 and 5500 words in length, mine was around 4300 I think, and I still got an A. I don't recommend doing less than 4000 words though (your project needs to be detailed), or more than 6000 (equally, try not to make your project too rambly!)
    Thank you for your help. I've decided to go with the AQA exam board
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    Thank you for your help. I've decided to go with the AQA exam board
    No problem, if you have any more questions feel free to ask
 
 
 
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