Right at the end – teacher notes

Finally, remind students that ethical considerations are an integral part of their project and should be discussed in their report

Further work

This extension work could be carried out for homework. A key point is that such misconduct is regarded very seriously. Researchers found to have acted unethically often face the loss of their career and reputation. 


Ensuring Your Research is Ethical: A guide for Extended Project Qualification students

A guide produced by the Wellcome Trust, focusing on ethical issues in research projects relating to people and the environment, and containing additional references. 

The Research Ethics Guidebook

A guide to research ethics in the social sciences produced by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Researcher Development Initiative and the University of London’s Institute of Education. There is a useful section on ‘Conducting your research’, which includes case studies illustrating how researchers dealt with unexpected problems during their fieldwork. 

EPQ guidebooks

OCR: Crossland B, Walsh-Atkins P. Extended Project Student Guide. Hodder Education; 2009.

AQA: James M. Extended Project Student Companion. Nelson Thornes; 2009.

Edexcel: Swinbank E, Taylor J (eds). Level 3 Extended Project Student Guide. Pearson Education; 2009. 


About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects’ in October 2016.

Statistics and maths, Careers, Psychology
Go Further: A practical guide to extended science projects
Education levels:
16–19, Independent research projects, Continuing professional development