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So basically I started my EPQ in January-ish and I’ve just completed my research and am completely stumped. I know the supervisors aren’t teachers so to speak and it’s a ‘figure it out yourself’ type qualification, but he’s told us nothing about what we’re supposed to be doing, when the hand-in date is, and how we’re actually supposed to go about doing it all.

I’ve been looking through the forums and it’s just confusing me even more if I’m honest. People talking about primary and secondary research, literature reviews, and ‘abstract’(?); I haven’t been told about any of this! I don’t even know what any of that stuff is!
All my supervisor has told us is to come up with a question which he then approves, and research it, and write it up at some point, and just make sure to add a bibliography. He never mentioned how to go about researching it (is there a specific way?) so I’ve just been trawling through websites that I think are reliable and copy and pasting the important bits into a word document with the link to the website. Obviously for me that’s useful; it saves having to go back and search each website and I have the exact wordings used, but that wont be acceptable if I have to do anything with it.


I also have no clue how to go about writing the essay. Is there a specific structure to follow? I was under the impression that it is just the same way you’d write a pro/con essay.


Also, any tips for filling the logbook, as I know it is a big chunk of marks? I’ve been told that my initial sources are too vague (nhs.uk, gov.uk) but I don’t know in what way to be more specific.


- How opinion-based are the essays allowed to be? Or is it all fact?
(My essay is on whether assisted suicide should be legalised, so should I include my opinion in the conclusion as well as public opinion, or just public?)

- Do we have to hand our research in with the essays?

- Is there a specific way of researching it/presenting the research?

- What do you actually hand in at the end? Is it just the essay?

- How do you write the essay? Is there a specific structure/things to include?

- Tips for filling in the logbook?


I’m really panicking about it now, as I will have no time next year due to a change in my timetable and classes, so it needs to be done over the summer and we break up next friday. I’m going to chase up my supervisor in our lesson on Monday about it.




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Have you looked on the exam board website for your EPQ. The specification and resources there should help you understand what is expected (there's usually some example projects too)
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Hi so, I have just finished my EPQ.
Find journal articles(these are better than website like gov.uk and get you better grades) about your topic.
My teacher said to at least get a C you need to have 30 resources (10 of them books) and to analyse some of them.

Primary and Secondary Research is basically if you took the evidence yourself. If you did an interview of someone then that is primary. If you are looking at websites or anything that was published then that is secondary. You need to also need to show that you aren't being bias and get resources that look at both point of view and disagree with what you are saying. In your essay to get better marks you need to show why they disagree and put in another resources that backs up you to make your essay stronger.

Also you have to show how you are planning your time which I did through a yearly plan. You also have to show how you improved your yearly plan by adding in things that didn't go to plan e.g. you didn't have time due to exams or if you got ahead or if you went to the library to get a book.This will help you gain marks.

Before you research I would make sub questions. Your essay has to cover 5000 words and therefore it has to have a lot of "layers" to it so that you aren't repeating yourself. I would research individually about your subquestions pros and cons of each sub questions and then build it up into your essay.
Are you using a site to fill your logbook? if so it should have deadline on it to fill some parts. There are multiple parts which record how you are getting on with at different parts of you EPQ e.g. at the beginning , middle and end. I mainly used article/websites that offered interlinking areas of my research as well as one that offer a really unique point of view. This was mainly because they showed me new ways to look at the question and how it could link to more thing that I could talk about.

With copying and pasting you can use quotes in your essay but I would also add in your own opinion and what it makes you question/wonder/think? You could also mention what articles link together or disagree.

The main way that I used to write the essay is to talk about each subquestion. I first said my opinion (without saying it was my own) and showed what the research showed and why some contrasted and some agreed and what it lead me towards. e.g. if most children are skipping school then school is not effective. But if most are skipping even though the school is good, it could show a cultural belief that school is worthless.

About the vagueness you could mention some specific book or specific article on nhs.uk
som sub question you could talk about is if it is moral? how accessible would it be? is there a requirement? Should there be a age limit? how would it be funded? Society reaction?
You hand in multiple things. If you DM me I can send you some resources I used.
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Hi all

So basically I started my EPQ in January-ish and I’ve just completed my research and am completely stumped. I know the supervisors aren’t teachers so to speak and it’s a ‘figure it out yourself’ type qualification, but he’s told us nothing about what we’re supposed to be doing, when the hand-in date is, and how we’re actually supposed to go about doing it all.

I’ve been looking through the forums and it’s just confusing me even more if I’m honest. People talking about primary and secondary research, literature reviews, and ‘abstract’(?); I haven’t been told about any of this! I don’t even know what any of that stuff is!
All my supervisor has told us is to come up with a question which he then approves, and research it, and write it up at some point, and just make sure to add a bibliography. He never mentioned how to go about researching it (is there a specific way?) so I’ve just been trawling through websites that I think are reliable and copy and pasting the important bits into a word document with the link to the website. Obviously for me that’s useful; it saves having to go back and search each website and I have the exact wordings used, but that wont be acceptable if I have to do anything with it.


I also have no clue how to go about writing the essay. Is there a specific structure to follow? I was under the impression that it is just the same way you’d write a pro/con essay.


Also, any tips for filling the logbook, as I know it is a big chunk of marks? I’ve been told that my initial sources are too vague (nhs.uk, gov.uk) but I don’t know in what way to be more specific.


- How opinion-based are the essays allowed to be? Or is it all fact?
(My essay is on whether assisted suicide should be legalised, so should I include my opinion in the conclusion as well as public opinion, or just public?)

- Do we have to hand our research in with the essays?

- Is there a specific way of researching it/presenting the research?

- What do you actually hand in at the end? Is it just the essay?

- How do you write the essay? Is there a specific structure/things to include?

- Tips for filling in the logbook?


I’m really panicking about it now, as I will have no time next year due to a change in my timetable and classes, so it needs to be done over the summer and we break up next friday. I’m going to chase up my supervisor in our lesson on Monday about it.




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Hi so, I have just finished my EPQ.
Find journal articles(these are better than website like gov.uk and get you better grades) about your topic.
My teacher said to at least get a C you need to have 30 resources (10 of them books) and to analyse some of them.

Primary and Secondary Research is basically if you took the evidence yourself. If you did an interview of someone then that is primary. If you are looking at websites or anything that was published then that is secondary. You need to also need to show that you aren't being bias and get resources that look at both point of view and disagree with what you are saying. In your essay to get better marks you need to show why they disagree and put in another resources that backs up you to make your essay stronger.

Also you have to show how you are planning your time which I did through a yearly plan. You also have to show how you improved your yearly plan by adding in things that didn't go to plan e.g. you didn't have time due to exams or if you got ahead or if you went to the library to get a book.This will help you gain marks.

Before you research I would make sub questions. Your essay has to cover 5000 words and therefore it has to have a lot of "layers" to it so that you aren't repeating yourself. I would research individually about your subquestions pros and cons of each sub questions and then build it up into your essay.
Are you using a site to fill your logbook? if so it should have deadline on it to fill some parts. There are multiple parts which record how you are getting on with at different parts of you EPQ e.g. at the beginning , middle and end. I mainly used article/websites that offered interlinking areas of my research as well as one that offer a really unique point of view. This was mainly because they showed me new ways to look at the question and how it could link to more thing that I could talk about.

With copying and pasting you can use quotes in your essay but I would also add in your own opinion and what it makes you question/wonder/think? You could also mention what articles link together or disagree.

The main way that I used to write the essay is to talk about each subquestion. I first said my opinion (without saying it was my own) and showed what the research showed and why some contrasted and some agreed and what it lead me towards. e.g. if most children are skipping school then school is not effective. But if most are skipping even though the school is good, it could show a cultural belief that school is worthless.

About the vagueness you could mention some specific book or specific article on nhs.uk
som sub question you could talk about is if it is moral? how accessible would it be? is there a requirement? Should there be a age limit? how would it be funded? Society reaction?
You hand in multiple things. If you DM me I can send you some resources I used.
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