Improving your grade


Research Project

  • Make sure that you are sticking to the structure expected (see here)
  • Are you demonstrating understanding of the research process?
  • Ensure there’s no confusion over hypotheses, aim and what actually happens – if you’re doing a correlation make sure that the hypotheses are correlational.
  • Be concise.
  • Use headings to show the different areas of the report (abstract, methodology, results …)
  • Results:
    • Is the inferential test the correct one?
    • Are the graphs necessary and appropriate?
    • No raw data (it all goes in the appendices).
    • Justification for the use of inferential test.
  • Keep within the word limit (it’s 1,400 and a limit – you don’t get 10% – you don’t get anything – it’s 1,400!!)
  • References: make sure that all studies are referenced properly and not just a bibliography.
  • Is everything in the appendices that needs to be?
  • In the header/footer: Name, candidate number, centre number, page numbers.


  • Are the issues actually explicitly raised by the source?
  • Is the study / research / theory that you’re applying apposite to the issue or just forced to fit?
  • Include the original source or you will receive 0 marks for Issues.
  • Make sure that you’ve referenced all your studies
  • Stick to the structure of the mark scheme and label as such:
    • Issues: 250/300 words (approx)
    • Evidence: 500 words (approx)
    • Suggestions: 200\250 words (approx)
  • Word limit is a limit: 1,000 words! Don’t lie – examiners can tell.

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  • Within the last 24 months – better to be within last 12.
  • Not too long – try to keep under 2 sides of A4 – the examiners have to read this too!
  • Include the full article, not just a relevant part.
  • Include the article with the coursework when sending off (if you don’t you’ll loose all the marks for the first section!).
  • Highlight the relevant parts with a pen or highlighter to identify where the issues have come from.
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