UK Chemistry Olympiad
This national competition is for all post-16 students studying chemistry. The competition consists of two rounds to select a team of 4 students to represent the UK in the International Chemistry Olympiad.
Round 1 is a challenging written test of chemical knowledge. The questions often stimulate much debate, raising awareness of what chemistry is all about. The paper is open to all post-16 students who usually sit the paper in late January. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded and the top-performing students are selected by the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad Selection Committee to participate in Round 2.
The student achieving the highest mark, from an eligible school, wins the INEOS prize of £1000 for their school chemistry department to spend on enhanced equipment or materials to promote chemistry. Any state school that has not entered the UK Chemistry Olympiad more than once in the past five years is eligible to with the prize.
Round 2 is a selection weekend which combines both theoretical and practical testing to select 4 students to participate in the final. It typically occurs in late March or early April.
The final competition is a test of chemical knowledge and practical skills. The ten day international event also provides time for social activities and all participants have the opportunity to experience the scenery, culture and history of the host country.