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Epq Model Essays

  1. I'm doing an EPQ on Social Media but I'm struggling with the structure of my essay... any tips/examples people have?

  2. Hey sis/bro,
    my teacher told me to do it this way:

    -Introduction - outline question
    -Literature Review - basic history of the topic, e.g. who was the first person to think about wind energy ect..
    - Main discussion - use questions as subheadings and answer these questions
    - Conclusion
    - Smoke weed

    I haven't done any of it yet!

  3. Here is the structure I used for my EPQ and what to put in each section:


    Start by introducing your question, for example: “The question I am researching is "...?", then explain the aim of your project, i.e. what you plan to find out. Also mention what sources of information you will use, and how your essay is going to be structured. These are easiest to write about at the end of the project, so don't worry about writing a thorough introduction straight away.

    Main essay

    Here you should discuss all of the main points and arguments which will help to answer your question. This should be the bulk of your essay; remember to use paragraphs and reference any quotes you use so that the examiner can refer to them in the bibliography. Use at least 3 different sources throughout your essay, for example a book, a website and a TV programme (you get marks specifically for using a variety of sources).


    In the conclusion you should briefly discuss the most significant points/arguments again and come to a conclusion which answers your original title question.

    I hope this helps

Conclusion words

Writing a conclusion can be challenging but

it need not be. Here are some words that will

help you to write the conclusion to your EPQ.

Most of the time, using the word or phrase in

the middle of a sentence is better thanmaking

it the first word of the conclusion.

in fact

in conclusion

for these reasons

as a result of

in effect





to sumup



all in all

due to





in effect


A generic structure that youmay find useful is:

Brief recap of what you have covered in relation to the essay title.

Reference to the larger issue.

Highlight the most important aspects.

Evaluate the main arguments.

Take-home message.

See page 95 for a detailed explanation of these. Here is an exemplar conclusion:

Structure of this section of your report

EPQ title:

How does Geoffrey Chaucer present women in

The Canterbury Tales?

Brief recap

This essay has looked at the debate surrounding the way in which Chaucer

presents the role of women in his work.


to the larger


In Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’, female narrators and characters function

as a focus to explore women’s gender roles and their struggle for maistre

(sovereignty). Even though Chaucer is a man writing about women, he

experiments with the feminine voice, thus he uses his tales to disseminate his

knowledge of women’s unfair oppression, perhaps hoping to spark a discussion

on women’s subjugation.


the most



Chaucer wrote in a misogynistic era where women were seen as either pure or

sinful, known as the Mary and Eve dichotomy. Yet many of his tales challenge

this medieval stereotype of women. According to Martin (1990) Chaucer’s

female narrators cannot be judged by today’s standards of feminism; however,

when they are examined from the medieval point of view, ‘the undertone

of feminism in their behaviour and tales emerges. They are concerned with

bettering the conditions for women, they challenge the authorities in their tales’.


the main


In the ‘Clerk’s Tale’, I have highlighted Griselde’s qualities of weakness and virtue

that comply with the medieval Mary stereotype but consider the alternative view

that in her pursuit of virtue Griselde abandons motherly compassion. Concerning

the Merchant’s Tale, May’s ability to deceive conforms to the Eve stereotype

but alternatively as a peasant woman who overpowers her socially superior

husband she is arguably a Marxist feminist figure of interest. In the ‘Wife of

Bath’s Tale’ the protagonist can be seen as both a pro- and anti-feminist model.

Finally, Chaucer finds a middle ground between the chaste and pure women by

presenting Dorigen in the ‘Franklin’s Tale’ as her husband’s equal in marriage

but also as a woman striving to maintain her reputation and faithfulness. She is

unafraid to assert her opinion and this is what leads to success in marriage.



Chaucer’s varied portrayal of female characters suggests that he completely

rejects the accepted medieval female stereotypes, opting to portray that there

existed not just one single medieval woman but some who conformed to the

medieval ideal while others did not.





Highlight the conclusion words used in the text below and identify the take-

home message.

Whether ‘medical marijuana’ (

Cannabis sativa

used to treat a wide variety of

pathologic states) should be accorded the status of a legitimate pharmaceutical

agent has long been a contentious issue. In effect the decision whether to legalise

the medical use of marijuana should be based on a dispassionate scientific analysis.

Indeed, a number of such investigations have recently been published in the peer-

reviewed literature. Data from these

studies suggest that medical marijuana has

demonstrated safety and efficacy in

treating several devastating human pathologies.

Some individuals as a result may believe

that this documentation now warrants

marijuana’s approval for use as a legitimate therapeutic agent. Others may think

that additional scientific scrutiny is necessary. So should marijuana be approved as

a bona fide medication? In conclusion, this essay was not intended to provide an

answer, instead it has strongly argued in favour of the concept that scientific data and

methodology, rather than political and ideological considerations, ultimately should

lead to a rational decision. Whether the data derived from current and future scientific

investigations will justify the approval or disapproval of medical marijuana remains a

challenging issue for the future.

See suggested answers on page 124.


Items that can usefully go in the appendices are

those that a reader would want to see, but which

would take up toomuch space and disrupt the

flow if placed within the main text. Make sure

you reference the appendices within the main text

where necessary.


Each appendix should be identified by a Roman

numeral in sequence, i.e. Appendix I, Appendix

II, etc. Each appendix should contain different


Don’t go overboard and produce masses of extra

material – it won’t win the respect of a moderator

who then has to wade throughmasses of material.

Make sure you include the essentials from this list:

Standardised instructions.

Raw data, e.g. test scores for each participant.

Consent forms.

Debriefing scripts.

Explanation of formulas for data analysis.

Specialised computer programs for a particular


Full generic names of chemicals or compounds

that you have referred to in somewhat

abbreviated fashion or by some common name

in the text of your paper.

Diagrams of specialised apparatus.

Copies of questionnaires (one blank and one

completed with names removed).

Figures and tables in appendices

Figures, graphs and tables are often found in an

appendix. These should be formatted as discussed

previously (see page 85) but are numbered in a

separate sequence from those found in the body of

the paper. So, the first figure in the appendix would

be Figure 1, the first table would be Table 1, etc.

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