Posted on May 13, 2024

Budding chemists take part in nationwide competition

Four Barnsley Sixth Form College students achieved Silver and Bronze awards in the Olympiad, a nationwide competition which is run annually, aimed at students studying A Level Chemistry.

Daniel Ludditt, Harrison Daley and Joe Seward claimed Silver Awards being placed in the top 25% of students taking part, while Caelan Firth, received a Bronze Award missing the Silver by one mark.

Designed to challenge and inspire, the UK Chemistry Olympiad (UKChO) is a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field. Budding chemists will develop critical problem-solving skills, learn to think more creatively and get a chance to test their knowledge in new, real-world situations.

The Olympiad is a two-hour written exam that tests them on some of the concepts covered already in A level Chemistry and then beyond, up to degree level.

Daniel Ludditt said: “I thought the Olympiad was a difficult, but enriching experience. I am quite happy with the score that I got as I did not expect to do as well as I did. The Sixth Form was a great help as they provided past papers for us to look over before the exam, so I could be prepared.”

Harrison Daley added: “I found the Olympiad very challenging. I am very pleased with my reward. During the challenge the questions is the chemistry we’ve been learning but in a more real-life kind of context so the challenge really helped in developing solutions to real life context. Sixth Form has helped me a lot in being to think clearly as well as develop my problem solving skills.”