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    I am in year 13 and have just started to write my EPQ. I am basing it on the topic of voluntary euthanasia.

    I am aiming for a A-A* (preferably A*), however I am unsure of the mark scheme. Does anybody have any crucial advice I would need to achieve my desired grade?
    I have chosen 4 books to reference from, a couple of case studies, and a few academic opinions.. I have all of my research info that I need I am just unsure of the structure and the correct way it is to be set out. Any advice would be totally appreciated!

    ..PS it's the AQA exam board.
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    (Original post by GeorgiaCroxton)
    I am in year 13 and have just started to write my EPQ. I am basing it on the topic of voluntary euthanasia.

    I am aiming for a A-A* (preferably A*), however I am unsure of the mark scheme. Does anybody have any crucial advice I would need to achieve my desired grade?
    I have chosen 4 books to reference from, a couple of case studies, and a few academic opinions.. I have all of my research info that I need I am just unsure of the structure and the correct way it is to be set out. Any advice would be totally appreciated!

    ..PS it's the AQA exam board.
    Hi Georgia,

    I did my EPQ with AQA a couple of years ago, and achieved an A for it. The mark scheme can be found here, under Assessment Objectives in the Assessing the Extended Project section.

    The first thing I would say is that although the essay is an important part of the project, the majority of the marks actually come from the planning and organisation of the project, i.e. the Log Book, so make sure you fill it in with as much detail as you can. Also, make sure you've got at least three types of sources of information, e.g. a book, online article and a TV programme - you get marks for doing this.

    Everyone's EPQ structure will be slightly different, but my EPQ had: an introduction to the project, an overview of the topics I was going to cover, headed sections talking in more detail about each topic (in my case, different theories for the extinction of the dinosaurs), a comparison of the topics with arguments for and against each one, and a conclusion. Therefore, I would suggest having a structure with an introduction, main essay with headed sections, and then a conclusion. Remember to reference all of your sources (including sources you don't directly refer to in the text) and put them in a bibliography along with the date you used them, but keep the bibliography separate from the main essay.

    For the presentation, one crucial thing is having an element of interactivity, e.g. a question and answer session at the end.

    I hope that helps
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    Thank you so much! I really appreciate your advice. I felt like I had all of the information but was unsure of how to piece it all together.

    I was unsure of how to set it out - whether it was the usual essay structure (eg. Intro, main points then conclusion) or whether the EPQ has a particular structure itself.

    I feel much more confident, so thank you!
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    (Original post by GeorgiaCroxton)
    Thank you so much! I really appreciate your advice. I felt like I had all of the information but was unsure of how to piece it all together.

    I was unsure of how to set it out - whether it was the usual essay structure (eg. Intro, main points then conclusion) or whether the EPQ has a particular structure itself.

    I feel much more confident, so thank you!
    You're welcome! Remember you can ask your EPQ mentor/supervisor (I assume you have one?) for guidance too if you're unsure about anything
 
 
 

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