Delivering the EPQ

Frequently asked questions

Large cohorts

We have more than 50 students, can I get support as coordinator?

Yes – managing a large cohort can present some challenges particularly managing the taught skills element and approving project proposals. To better manage these elements you might ask some of your experienced supervisors to act as assistant coordinators. This is perfectly acceptable and several schools already do this.

Administration

Why is the AQA production log so long?

Our production log is actually a combined candidate record form, production log and assessment record. We designed it this way because teachers told us that they would prefer to have one document that takes them from the first discussion with a student to sending off the project for moderation.

Our production log itself is designed to enable a student to demonstrate their planning, how their project develops, and also review the process, reflecting on how discussions with their supervisor have influenced them along the way. Being able to demonstrate the process is crucial to a student's overall EPQ outcome. The production log should be seen, by both supervisors and students, as forming the backbone of the project. Please see our Quick Guide to the Production Log here for more information.

Project Titles

When should I be approving a student's project title?

Coordinators and supervisors don't approve a student's title; rather they approve a project proposal. Selecting a topic area, undertaking initial research and refining a project title over time are all vital components of the project process. The topic area should be approved as appropriate after they have completed their initial planning.  A student might not actually arrive at their final title until mid-project review.

Project Proposals

Why do two people need to review and comment on each proposal?

There are two reasons why we ask for supervisors and coordinators to comment on project proposals before they are approved.

  1. The supervisor has been involved at the initial planning stages and it is possible that they will have been swayed by a student's enthusiasm for their chosen topic when it is, perhaps, not quite appropriate for an EPQ.
  2. If the supervisor has concerns about a proposed topic, the coordinator can add an extra voice to these concerns and help encourage a student to re-think their chosen topic before they get too far down the EPQ path.

Two people commenting on each proposal provides a system of ensuring that students are given the best possible chance of success in the EPQ. If, as a coordinator, you have a large cohort and do not have time to review every proposal you could appoint some assistant coordinators who can take on part of this work for you.