After exploring the selection of a good topic and what qualities you need for a successful EPQ, we have finally begun discussing the content of the project. Part three in this eight part series dealt with the all-important 5,000-word essay, or product/artefact, which is the culmination of your arduous and careful research process.
In this piece, we are looking at another critical element of the EPQ — the production log.
The production log is a 15-page document in which you record your journey through the EPQs. Each page contains different content, some of which is to be filled out by you, some by your project supervisor, and some parts by the EPQ coordinator of your school.
All parts of the production log must be completed on time, and the document serves as a critical piece of your overall submission. This is no mere “supplementary” paper; it’s just as much a part of your EPQ as your essay/product or presentation.
The EPQ is what is known as a “process-based qualification,” which means that the process you undergo to create the final product is equally vital in standing, and just as much a part of the assessment as the essay you write or artefact you create.
As I mention above, there are fifteen pages, each with a different bit of content. Below we’ve listed the pages with a simple explanation. You can find more detail on each page here. Please note that this example is for the AQA exam board.
Beyond the practical importance that the log has in securing your final grade, it is also the very heart of the EPQ’s long-term value. Through the production log, you discover and record what you did successfully, but also what went wrong. It could be the insights you pen into the log that confirm or deny the university degree or career direction you thought you wanted to take. Re-reading your log is a great way to see how far you’ve come, and how much you can achieve with hard work and determination.
Don’t miss the next part of our series, which will explore the final EPQ presentation.