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Pearson Edexcel Highest Award goes to a BSN Graduate

The Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Physics is a version of the International GCSE in Physics. It's designed as a two-year course covering the unifying patterns and themes of physics. Covering a systematic body of scientific knowledge, skills and the practical nature of physics.

Ahhyun Jeong  (The British School of Nanjing 2018 Graduate) achieved the Pearson Edexcel Highest Awards for:

Highest Mark in Asia - Advanced Level Physics 
Highest Mark in China - Advanced Level Physics 

This is an incredible achievement and just goes to prove again what an outstanding student Ahhyun is. We at BSN, are so so proud of all that she achieved with us and I am delighted that she is now studying at the Imperial College of London. Mrs. Witt-Williams (Head of Senior School)

Ahhyun's achievement is a reminder of the road on which we all walk, that of growth and development plus the remarkable and seemingly impossible destinations that can lie ahead. She embarked on a 10-year journey at BSN, from a 7-year old who could not say a word of English, to a fluent chatterbox, discovering a love of science that saw her bid farewell to the school in June 2018, destination... the Imperial College of London, to study Chemistry.

Aahyun Graduation
Individuals progress at the British School of Nanjing because individuals matter.
Ahhyun Jeong

In July 2017, Ahhyun was one of a hundred students from around the world selected to participate in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge, working on the Artificial Photosynthesis project. The students learned the basic principles of photo anodes, carried out practical experiments to compare different catalysts (NiOx, CoOx) and investigated the optimum pH conditions for the water splitting process.

They debated the current limitations in making water splitting commercially viable, which was a highly inspiring and fulfilling experience where students could learn the direct application of chemistry to real life.

Ahhyun was honoured to be elected by peers and lecturers to present their research and discussions to participants, staff and parents. 

Her curiosity for chemistry is reflected in the research I have undertaken for the Level 3 Extended Project, which aimed to discover why the transition metal compounds are coloured. Some of the questions she have addressed include: what would happen after the light absorption; why don’t the absorption-frequency spectra look like line spectra; and what affects the intensity of the peaks. The initial target of the project was to produce a mathematical model of a predicted absorption-frequency graph given the nature of the complex. However, Ahhyun discovered that this has never been done before. This project developed important skills for long-term independent research: self-direction, open-mindedness, the use of varied resources, referencing and time management.

Ahhyun was elected as Head Girl and Chair of the Student Council. As Chair, she critically appraised solutions to problems raised in the Student Council meetings, and worked with the senior leadership team to implement them.

Having studied in a British International School in China for the past 10 years, makes Ahhyun the ideal international student. There are no limits as to what we believe she will achieve in her future studies at the Imperial College of London, and our confidence in her inevitable exceptional career in Science.