What can I expect?
Chemistry students can be entered for the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge Lower Sixth competition at the end of their first year. The first round is a written exam that is sat in June, and those who perform best will win an invitation to a residential camp at the University of Cambridge at the end of August.
Second year students work towards competing in the Royal Society of Chemistry: UK Chemistry Olympiad. Round one consists of a challenging written test of chemical knowledge, which is sat in January. The top-performing students from participating UK schools are chosen by the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad Selection Committee to progress to round two.
Questions are based on real-world chemistry problems that often stimulate much debate, raising awareness of what chemistry is all about. This is also an opportunity to develop and showcase some of the skills required for studying chemistry at university and beyond.