Five BSB Nexus students present their Extended Project Qualification research

We proudly congratulate five BSB Nexus Pre-University students for their hard-work and excellent Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ) research, which they have presented this month.

Mr Petrie, Headteacher of Secondary and Pre-University, and Mrs Burns, BSB University and Career Counsellor, oversaw the assessment of their final presentations to aspiring Year 12 students.

When asked, Mr Petrie stated: “Over the last two weeks, five Year 13 students have given their presentations for their Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ). This is a highly-regarded independent piece of academic work, which requires and extensive amount of planning, research and creativity and is excellent preparation for university. The project allows students to explore any area of interest and this year students covered everything from an exploration of the relationship between photography and Nietzsche to an examination of the effects of 5G to the creation of a series of posters looking at the pressures on women to attain physical “perfection”.

He added: “Every student had to give a 20-minute presentation to an audience, explaining the thinking behind their project and evaluating the effectiveness of the choices they made. The presentations were strikingly impressive, sophisticated in content and delivered with poise and maturity. Many congratulations to all involved!”

 

An opportunity to develop 21st century skills

The EPQ is a ”great opportunity to explore a subject/curiosity beyond the academic subjects and develop confidence in managing independent research”, Andrea said.

Paola confirmed: “You learn so many new skills and the chance to explore in depth a topic you are curious about.”

 

2020 EPQs and Our Students

 

 


Adriana, Year 13

EPQ: Is the carbonisation of Ca0 and Mg0 a greener, more efficient energy storage method than concrete blocks?

Adriana is currently taking Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Spanish A Levels.

She’s applying for UK and Spanish Universities for Medicine.

Her EPQ was a Scientific Investigation she has been working on for 16 months.

Can you provide a brief overview of your project?

It’s an investigation into new methods of storing renewable energy and experiments comparing both metal oxides C02 absorption rates and exploring the effect of surface area on both Ca0 and Mg0’s capacities.

What have you learnt during all this time?

The project proved that my investigation could be achieved but there would need to be further exploration on how this would scale up. I learnt to interpret and draw conclusions from complex scientific concepts, how to manage a project and contrasting reliable and unreliable sources of information.

 


Andrea, Year 13

EPQ: Exploring Nietzsche’s theory on Apollo and Dionysus through photography

Andrea is currently taking Politics, Economics, Maths and Spanish A Levels.

She’s applying for UK, US and France universities with a view to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Her EPQ was to create a Photobook. She has been working on it for 16 months.

Can you provide a brief overview of your project?

I wanted to explore the birth of tragedy and what do philosophy and photography have in common.

What have you learnt during all this time?

The project has developed my abstract thinking, my photography and project management skills.

 


Maria, Year 12

EPQ: Are wireless communication technologies, under current legislation standards, safe for our health?

Maria is currently taking Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Spanish A Levels.

Her EPQ was a dissertation. She chose this project as it complements her A Level studies, and since with the new era of ‘the internet of things’, it is important to understand the impact of technologies on our health.

Can you provide a brief overview of your project?

To evaluate the adequacy of current legislation on the levels of non-ionising electromagnetic waves emitted by wireless communication technologies, with specific focus on the effects of mobile phones and other technologies such as Smart Meters and 5G.

What have you learnt during all this time?

Identifying and selecting key information, writing and referencing a dissertation which is excellent preparation for university studies.

 


Almudena, Year 13

EPQ: Why do we seek physical perfection?

Almudena is currently taking Art, Business, ICT and Spanish A Levels.

She’s planning to study Graphic Design in the USA.

He EPQ was to produce a series of advertising images, following her interest in graphic design as a future career. She has been working on it for 16 months.

Can you provide a brief overview of your project?

Researching teenagers views on this topic, the history of beauty standards and explore how to use art and design to transmit clear messaging.

What have you learnt during all this time?

How to develop creative space for my ideas to flow.

 


Paola, Year 13

EPQ: Should money have an expiry date?

Paola is currently taking Economics, Maths, English, Spanish A Levels.

She is exploring options to study either Economics or Philosophy, Politics and Economics in UK, USA or Spain.

He EPQ was a Dissertation, following her interest to pursue a career in Economics and curious to explore the impact of this theory. She has been working on it for 16 months.

Can you provide a brief overview of your project?

Explore the modern concept of money, the unhoardable money theory, effects or recession and human behaviour and the challenging of this theory.

What have you learnt during all this time?

How to write a long dissertation and maintaining cohesion and coherence throughout. Time management and the importance of drafting and redrafting.