EPQ - Time demand

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    I'm considering doing an EPQ, but I'm worried that it'll be too much of a demand on my time. College estimates that it takes 120 hours over 7 months - which works out at about 4 hours per week. I don't want to compromise my A level grades.

    I was wondering how long (roughly) it takes to do the EPQ and whether the estimate of 120 hours is accurate or if you can do it in less time.
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    (Original post by CatusStarbright)
    I'm considering doing an EPQ, but I'm worried that it'll be too much of a demand on my time. College estimates that it takes 120 hours over 7 months - which works out at about 4 hours per week. I don't want to compromise my A level grades.

    I was wondering how long (roughly) it takes to do the EPQ and whether the estimate of 120 hours is accurate or if you can do it in less time.
    It really depends on you and how seriously you take it. If you do it properly then I think 120 hours is definitely accurate and you could easily spend more time on it. Of course it's also possible to spend less time on it but you're going to be compromising your grade and experience.
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    4 hours per week is not the right way to look at it. The reality is, you'll probably do 1-2 hours a week in the early stages and that would be fine.
    Once you're writing the project though, you'd be spending much longer, maybe an hour or two every day.

    In summary; usually doesn't impact other A Levels (depending on how efficient you are with your spare time)
    However, you need to look at the time period you'll be writing it in and see whether you're willing to give up a bit more time in that period. For me it was in the summer and I don't really do festivals and stuff so it was fine.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    It really depends on you and how seriously you take it. If you do it properly then I think 120 hours is definitely accurate and you could easily spend more time on it. Of course it's also possible to spend less time on it but you're going to be compromising your grade and experience.
    Yeah that's what I'm worried about. If I did EPQ I would need (and want) to get a good grade (ie. an A or A*) but it's a concern that I'll end up spending loads of time on it, resulting in a slight neglection of my other subjects.
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    (Original post by jmallet)
    4 hours per week is not the right way to look at it. The reality is, you'll probably do 1-2 hours a week in the early stages and that would be fine.
    Once you're writing the project though, you'd be spending much longer, maybe an hour or two every day.

    In summary; usually doesn't impact other A Levels (depending on how efficient you are with your spare time)
    However, you need to look at the time period you'll be writing it in and see whether you're willing to give up a bit more time in that period. For me it was in the summer and I don't really do festivals and stuff so it was fine.
    Ah that would have been better - at my college we start in October and finish around April time, so it's more or less for the whole academic year minus exam season.
 
 
 
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