Below is an alphabetical list of all the subject competitions and details of what's involved and how to enter.

 

ART (FINE ART)

Household object 
Draw/paint/collage or use any other mark making process you prefer to produce studies of  a household object from 7 different angles OR in 7 different ways.
During lockdown, we are all beginning to slow down and notice things more – put those developing skills to good use!

How to enter:
Take separate photographs of your 7 studies and post each of them on an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one. Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write FINE ART competition as the email subject.


ART (TEXTILES)

Sculpture / Wearable art
Make a structure out of paper that can be worn on the body or developed into sculptures, and are inspired by architecture. 
Do not try and make this into a conventional, high-street version of a clothing item. Simply think instead of the body, or a part of the body as a form that will support, be covered by or be encased by your paper structure.

Begin by producing some drawings that isolate particular architectural structures, textures and/or patterns that you find interesting.

By isolating parts of these drawings and scaling them up on paper you will create paper forms that may have patterning drawn on to them with pens, markers etc. Combine these forms as a sculpture or drape and structure these forms on a body and photograph them from different angles to show how they work in three-dimensions.

How to enter:
Take or provide photographs of:
1. the building(s) that inspired you
2. the drawings you produced
3. your paper structures as a sculpture or a wearable piece of art 

Post them on an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write TEXTILES competition as the email subject.


ART (GRAPHICS)

Sell something you own

Choose an object that you already own but no longer need, and create an advert to promote the item for sale. 
Remember to use relevant selling messages in your work. Half Price, Percentage Off and Buy One Get One Free messages are often used to make products more appealing. 

How to enter:
If your advert is a very large file, post it to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one. Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Alternatively, please send us your advert and name.  Please write GRAPHICS competition as the email subject.


BIOLOGY

Make a movie
Using a stop motion movie app such as https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/stop-motion-studio/id441651297 
Create a short film on a biology topic using resources you have around the house. Be creative, use Lego, string/wool, tupperware, plasticine, whatever you have. You could choose one of the suggested topics below or choose your own from the A Level Biology specification:
•    Cell division
•    Protein synthesis
•    Phagocytosis
•    DNA replication
•    Climate change
•    Cell signalling

How to enter
Post your video on an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write BIOLOGY competition as the email subject.


BUSINESS STUDIES

Marketing task
Both Business Studies and IT have modules that involve marketing.
Choose a brand of your choice and make a social distancing advertisement for the brand.  See examples below.

 How to enter:
If your advert is a very large file, post it to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one. Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Alternatively, please send us your advert and name.  Please write BUSINESS STUDIES competition as the email subject.


CHEMISTRY

The Periodic Table song
Daniel Radcliffe, that’s Harry Potter to me and you, famously sang “The Elements Song” on TV. Can you create a song which includes all of the elements of the periodic table? 

How to enter:
Post your video to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one. Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  The most original, imaginative or fun song will win.  Please write CHEMISTRY competition as the email subject.


COMPUTER SCIENCE

Game on!
Sign up for Isaac Computer Science - https://isaaccomputerscience.org/register
Recap on your theory here - https://isaaccomputerscience.org/gameboards#gcse_programming_concepts_july19_ocr
Or go straight to the Gameboard here - https://isaaccomputerscience.org/questions/gcse_prog_01?topic=gcse_programming_concepts

How to enter:
Send us your name and a screenshot of your Gameboard scores to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write COMPUTER STUDIES competition as the email subject.


DANCE

‘Times Like These’ Dance
Choreograph a short solo (30 sec - 1 min) to any section of 'Times Like These' (any version - Radio 1 Live Lounge or Foo Fighters original) 

How to enter: 
Post your video to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition and tag @bsfc_dance on Instagram – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write DANCE competition as the email subject.


DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES

Lockdown monologue
Write and perform a monologue of 10 lines about lockdown. 

How to enter:
Post your video to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition and tag @bsfc_drama on Instagram – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write DRAMA competition as the email subject.


ECONOMICS

‘Nudge’

Produce a video, podcast, narrated Powerpoint or series of photos showing examples of where companies/ governments have tried to nudge us into good behaviour - e.g. the targets in the back of the Mc Donald's bins that encourage us to throw litter in the bin rather than on the floor, lines on the floor in shops to encourage social distancing etc.

Then, 
Design a nudge - (an action to persuade people to do the right thing)  for one of the following:
- to stop people congregating in parks or on beaches in sunny weather
- to encourage the use of sunblock
- to reduce water consumption
- or another subject of your choice

How to enter:
Post your video, podcast or photos to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk.  Please write ECONOMICS competition as the email subject.
Alternatively, send us an email with the information attached and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write ECONOMICS competition as the email subject.

 

FILM STUDIES

Script
Write a script for a short film (or opening sequence) of your or someone else's lockdown experiences. Take 5 or 6 photographs to accompany the script.
It should be around 250 words but you can write more if you wish.

How to enter:
Post your photos to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account and script to competition@bsfc.ac.uk  by 17 July 2020.  Please write FILM STUDIES competition as the email subject.
Alternatively, send us an email with the information attached and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 1 July 2020.  Please write FILM STUDIES competition as the email subject.


ENGLISH

‘Surprised by Lockdown’
Two of the qualities you will continue to develop at A-level are empathy and brevity.  Empathy is the ability to understand and experience the feelings of others; brevity simply means briefness and in your writing you should strive to be concise.  This competition asks you to demonstrate both of these qualities.  
Your title is ‘Surprised by Lockdown’.  Lockdown has provoked a massive range of feelings in us.  You have abruptly ended school, missed the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge in exams (or avoided them, you might feel!), and have then been confined in a range of restrictive situations.  There’s plenty to be miserable about, it would be easy to moan!  But in this competition, we want you to do something different:
-    Write about something unexpectedly positive that has come out of lockdown.
-    Write from the perspective of someone else.  The perspective you adopt must be of someone who is not close to your age and is not of your gender.  In other words you need to exercise your powers of empathy.
-    Limit it to 250 words maximum, to demonstrate your powers of brevity.
-    Choose any genre.  It could be a poem, a monologue, a newspaper article, a series of tweets, or anything else you choose.

How to enter:
Send us an email with your entry attached and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write ENGLISH competition as the email subject.

FRENCH

Tourist Route

Writing in French, create a tourist route of attractions on a French-speaking region or country.  Include some recommendations of sites to visit with some of their key features, maybe some restaurants where you can try local food, possible local festivals and other places to experience the local culture. Think of yourself potentially backpacking one day post-Covid or of your friends' interests: what would you want to see if you had the option to visit that country, how would you travel, where would you stay, any recommendations for safety, what would your budget be etc
(use French speaking sites to help you with vocabulary, and the online dictionary 'wordreference.com', not Google Translate). It should be around 250 words but you can write more if you wish.

How to enter:
Send us an email with your entry attached and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write FRENCH competition as the email subject.


GEOGRAPHY

Poster 
Design a poster which outlines the SEEP (social, economic, environmental and political) impacts of coronavirus at either a local, regional or global scale (using mainly visual data) 
 
These links are a good starting point 

You could include photographs before and after of geographical places using google maps street viewer.

How to enter:

Post your photos and your poster to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk  by 17 July 2020.  Please write GEOGRAPHY competition as the email subject.
Alternatively, send us an email with the information attached and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write GEOGRAPHY competition as the email subject.


HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE

Heath & Social Care Worker article
Think about the challenges people are facing during COVID19 and lockdown. Write a  newspaper report or article for a health and social care worker’s professional journal/magazine on the impact of lockdown.  Example topics could be:
-    the commitment of carers giving up home/family life to look after the service user in care homes (job or vocation).   Will the role of carers be more respected now that awareness has been raised? Will the government recognise this and look at pay scales? 
-    The role of foodbanks during the pandemic.  Some people have had to use them due to losing jobs/being furloughed.  You may have seen foodbanks /drop off points at people’s houses springing up 
It should be around 250 words but you can write more if you wish.

How to enter
Send us an email with your entry attached and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE competition as the email subject.


HISTORY

Newspaper article
‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’
George Santayana
This quote shows how important the lessons of the past are to help us with the present and the future. To quote Karl Marx: ‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce’.
Research one of the previous pandemics from the last hundred years and design the front page of a newspaper reporting on it.
You can pick from:
•    Spanish Flu 1918-20.
•    Asian Flu 1957-58
•    AIDS 1981 to present day
•    H1N1 Swine Flu 2009-10
•    West African Ebola 2014-16
•    Zika Virus 2015 to present day
•    Coronavirus 2019 
The front page of your newspaper should have a headline, picture and an article that covers the following:

  1. You need to explain how, when and why it started. 
  2. You need to explain the scale of the pandemic – lives lost and countries affected. How it ended (if it did). 
  3. You then need to explain what lessons (if any) were learnt from your chosen pandemic. Or did history repeat itself? (NB: if you are focusing on coronavirus, you need to say what lessons we can learn from the current pandemic. What can be done to prevent it from happening again? How might we change society? What has it told us about ourselves and what we consider to be important?)

It should be around 250 words but you can write more if you wish.

How to enter
Send us an email with your entry attached and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write HISTORY competition as the email subject.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 

Cyber Discovery (HM Government’s free online extracurricular programme) is now open for another intake, giving students all the resources they need to boost their knowledge and extend theoretical and practical cyber skills in a fun, immersive environment. What better way to distract from an uncertain world than to escape to a new one, packed full of forensic fun?

  1. Sign up to the Cyber Discovery course by clicking here and once you have verified your email address; put the college down as your school
  2. Try to do as many challenges as you can.
  3. This is a national competition and if you do well you will get to represent the college at regional and national events.

How to enter:
Send us an email with a screenshot of your scores and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY competition as the email subject.


LAW

Reality TV and mental health newspaper article
Write a newspaper article on the following topic:  Should reality TV makers be held responsible for any damage caused to the mental health of people who participate?

It should be around 250 words but you can write more if you wish.

How to enter:
Send us an email with your entry attached and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write LAW competition as the email subject.


MATHS, FURTHER MATHS & STATISTICS

Crack the codes in the cryptography booklet.  This explains how to crack the codes, gives you some questions to try and the answers.  Once you’ve had some practice at this, move onto the quiz and send us the answers to the quiz questions.

How to enter:
Please email us your name and the answers to the quiz to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write MATHS competition as the email subject. 

MEDIA STUDIES

Design the front page of a newspaper 
Design a newspaper front page using images you have found online combined with your own writing. Think about your language choices and how they might show meaning to your audience about news events that are happening at home and abroad.
It should be around 250 words but you can write more if you wish.

How to enter
Send us an email with your entry attached and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write MEDIA STUDIES competition as the email subject.

MUSIC: DIGITAL PRODUCTION

Lockdown song / rap

Write a song/rap about lockdown.  

How to enter:
Post your video to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition and tag @bsfc_music on Instagram – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write MUSIC competition as the email subject.
Alternatively, send us the lyrics and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write MUSIC competition as the email subject.


PHYSICS

Building challenge
You will need:
•    Dried spaghetti
•    Marshmallows
Using only the two items above, can you build the biggest free-standing spaghetti structure. 

How to enter
Take a photograph of your structure standing tall and proud. Structures will be judged on height and complexity. Send your photo and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020


PSYCHOLOGY

Classical conditioning (also known as Pavlovian conditioning) is learning through association and was discovered by Pavlov, a Russian physiologist. In simple terms, two stimuli are linked together to produce a new learned response in a person or animal.

A famous psychologist conducted research into this to support this theory.


Task One:
Research Pavlov’s Dogs on google search engine. Simply Psychology is a useful site.
Task Two:
Try to recreate a smaller version of Pavlov’s dogs with your own dog (or pet) or younger sibling and make a short recording or TikTok, to demonstrate how well you managed to condition your dog. The best entry wins. Below is an example of one made earlier:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfTTm-rgFFI 

How to enter:
Post your video to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one. Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write PSYCHOLOGY competition as the email subject.
 


POLITICS

Black Lives Matter – a reflection
A reflection on the current situation in the USA relating to racial tensions, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement (and perhaps Donald Trump's response to it). The reflection could be in any form of your choice: a newspaper report explaining what is happening, why it is happening and what your thoughts are about it, a piece of art work or a short film. 
It should be around 250 words but you can write more if you wish.

How to enter:
Post your video or artwork to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write POLITICS competition as the email subject.
Alternatively, send us your entry and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write POLITICS competition as the email subject.


RELIGIOUS STUDIES

‘Adaptions’
Design a poster showing how religion has adapted to modern society.  For example, drive by confessions, services on line etc. Your poster should include as many different religions as possible.

How to enter:
Send us your entry and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write RELIGIOUS STUDIES competition as the email subject.


SCIENCE (APPLIED SCIENCE)

Mission stay cool
Using materials you can find around your home and garden, create an insulating container that keeps ice from melting for as long as possible. You must not use a container that is already designed for this purpose.

How to enter:
Post your video or photos to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name, the name of your Instagram account and how long it took your ice to melt to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July.  Please write SCIENCE competition as the email subject.
Alternatively, send us your photo, name and how long it took your ice to melt to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July.  Please write SCIENCE competition as the email subject.


SOCIOLOGY

Changes in society

Take photographs of places in society that have changed through the pandemic. They could compare with a photograph of how society was before the pandemic. Ideas might include: Visiting grandparents through windows, the NHS clap, queuing for shops, empty town centres, etc.

How to enter:
Post your pictures to an Instagram account set up specifically for this competition – please do not use your personal one.  Send us your name and the name of your Instagram account to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write SOCIOLOGY competition as the email subject.
Alternatively, send us the photos and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write SOCIOLOGY competition as the email subject.


SPANISH

Tourist Route

Writing in Spanish, create a tourist route of attractions on a Spanish-speaking region or country.  Include some recommendations of sites to visit with some of their key features, maybe some restaurants where you can try local food, possible local festivals and other places to experience the local culture. Think of yourself potentially backpacking one day post-Covid or of your friends' interests: what would you want to see if you had the option to visit that country, how would you travel, where would you stay, any recommendations for safety, what would your budget be etc
(use Spanish speaking sites to help you with vocabulary, and the online dictionary 'wordreference.com', not Google Translate). It should be around 250 words but you can write more if you wish.

How to enter:
Send us your entry and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020.  Please write SPANISH competition as the email subject.

 

SPORT

Steps

There is an increase in people trying to stay active during lockdown.  Record as many steps within a 7 day period as you can.

How to enter:
Please send us a screenshot with evidence of your steps from your device (phone, Fitbit, Strava etc) and your name to competition@bsfc.ac.uk by 17 July 2020. Please write SPORT competition as the email subject.

 

This competition is open to prospective students who have applied for a place at Birkenhead Sixth Form College in September 2020.  All entries must be received by midnight on 17th July.  Prospective students can enter multiple subject competitions but only submit one entry per subject competition. Entries must be made by the method specified in the competition and the name of the entrant must be included.  Winners will be announced on 31st July.  The judging panel will select a winner for each subject competition. Three of these winners will then be selected as the overall winners and receive a College hoodie and a certificate when they join College in September. By entering the competition, you are agreeing to sharing your first name and your competition entry on the College website and social media.