Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Royal Society of Chemistry Analyst Competition

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Three of Hartlepool Sixth Forms A-Level Chemistry students were recently entered into the first round of a Chemistry Analyst Competition which took place at Teesside University.

A range of schools and colleges from around the region, ranging from Durham in North to Ripon each entered team of three Y12 A-Level Chemistry students to undertake a three hour analytical task to solve a problem around the support of life on Mars.

This opportunity helped students Ellie Crossman, Daniel Liddell and Ethan Capes to develop a wide range of skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving and practical skills. They successfully carried out a range of experiments, gathered accurate results and utilised their Chemistry skills to arrive at conclusions to answer the problem in the allocated time.

James Donkin, Hartlepool Sixth Form Chemistry Lecturer said: “The competition really challenges the students as they have to carry out unfamiliar techniques as part of the task. It was a real pleasure watching Ellie, Dan and Ethan at work as they showed fantastic teamwork and produced a very thorough and accurate set of results. Fingers crossed we make it to the final!”

Ellie Crossman & Daniel Liddell A-Level Chemistry students added: “We found the whole experience fun and very interesting. It was great to be able to use equipment we don’t have at college and get an insight into study at a higher level. The task was challenging but in a good way!”

Winning team will go through to the national final held later this year, the whole college wishes Ellie, Daniel and Ethan the best of luck!

If you are interested in studying Chemistry at Hartlepool Sixth Form, click here to find out more and apply online!