Posted on September 20, 2023

Budding chemists take part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

Six Barnsley Sixth Form College students achieved Silver and Copper awards in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, a gruelling competition in which participants had to apply their chemical knowledge.

Lily Worsley and Joe Seward claimed Silver Awards in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge while Caelan Firth, Daniel Ludditt, Ramiz Khalil and Jake Cunliffe received a Copper Award.

The Cambridge Chemistry Challenge is an annual competition run by Cambridge University, which aims to stretch and challenge students interested in chemistry and provides excellent experience for anyone considering taking their studies further.

The students undertook a 90-minute written exam set by an experienced team of teachers and university chemists, which took them significantly beyond the syllabus and encouraged them to think about science in the way they would at university.

Joe said: “I found the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge engaging and fun to participate in, I’m very pleased with the award I received for my achievements in the challenge. From the challenge, I’ve been able to apply the knowledge of AS Level Chemistry to the context of questions from different contexts.”

Ramiz added: “I found it challenging at first as it was something that is unpredictable and out of my comfort zone. In the competition I have learned to develop my problem solving, allowing me to utilise the knowledge already learned and modify it to reach a solution, hence this will help me going forward in my academic journey as I can better interpret problem motives to find the most appropriate answer. The Sixth Form College has helped with their strong support and information.”

Attend the Barnsley Sixth Form College on Wednesday 18 October, 4.00pm – 7.00pm. Visit for further details.