EPQ - 2017-2018
Summer 2017 Task
- Download a copy of the EPQ Logbook (several file types available below).
- Save the Logbook under your name, using the following format: Name – EPQ Logbook (e.g. OBelas – EPQ Logbook)
- Record your thoughts honestly – there is plenty of time for your project to change, and documenting these changes will contribute to your overall mark.
- Start planning and researching your EPQ project.
- Fill in the Initial Planning page of the Logbook (p.5 of the template).
- Use the exemplar below (from a project that was awarded full marks) as a guide for level of detail, precision, clarity, etc.
- Leave the section where you summarise your supervisor’s comments; we will have meetings early in the new school year.
- “Research” includes anything you do towards your EPQ: formal interviews/informal chats with experts (be sure to record important points from informal chats); reading (primary/secondary sources); film (TV documentaries; films to be analysed; Youtube tutorials [e.g. if you’re teaching yourself to use editing software); listening to albums (if you are thinking about writing about/creating a musical product); visits to museums, exhibitions, talks; related work experience; join a relevant group (e.g. reading/writing/drama groups). The research is critically important, but should be as enjoyable as possible.
- As a very rough guide, aim to spend roughly as much time per week as you would in class for one subject (approx. 4 hours). But this is, to repeat, a very rough guide, and you can carve the time up as you see fit: 1 morning per week; 30 minutes a day…
- Keep a detailed record of all research undertaken. You must show evidence of research, and trying to compile a bibliography from scratch at the end of the project will prove difficult if not impossible. Use the table below (internet_research_table) if you wish. You do not have to use this form, but you must keep some kind of research log/diary.
- If you are struggling for an idea, here are some previous projects:
- An analysis of female protagonists in the novels of Jane Austen
- Build a high-quality electric guitar that can be sold more cheaply than commercially available models
- Research the history of eighteenth-century women’s fashion, and “build” a scale model of a ball gown
- Choreograph a dance that tells the story of a poem
- Create a literacy website and populate it with content for KS3 students
- Write a short story, and document the research/creative process
- Was Castro really a radical Marxist?
Southampton University champions the EPQ, and provides a range of online resources: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/learnwithustransition/epq-support/index.page
Production Log Templates
Please note: the first two sections of p.5 of the Logbook must completed and emailed to me by Monday 18/09/17.
- Assessment Objectives (descriptors and weightings)
- Importance of keeping detailed records: everything you do should be recorded, as the examiners are looking for written/recorded evidence of how your project develops and grows