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A Level student wins Bronze in nationwide chemistry competition

Vishwa Patel, 19, has won a Bronze Certificate at the highly prestigious National Chemistry Olympiad.

The RSC Chemistry Olympiad is a national competition for the most able chemistry students.  The competition consists of a gruelling two hour written exam in which students apply their A level Chemistry knowledge to unfamiliar and complex scenarios.  This year nearly 5,500 students took part and certificates were awarded to those scoring highly relative to the other entrants - Bronze (top 63%), Silver (top 33%), or Gold (top 8%). 

Vishwa, from Edmonton, competed against other students nationwide in a gruelling two-hour exam that took place simultaneously in colleges across the UK.

She said:

“It was quite tough because the written paper consisted of really high-level questions; some of which were at university standard.”

Vishwa is picture with her Certificate in a chemistry laboratory at the College’s Wood street Campus. After her A Levels, she hopes to go on to study Biomedical Science at Queen Mary University in London.

She said of her time at Barnet and Southgate:

“I’ve really enjoyed it here – I’m doing what I love, and the teachers are always really supportive”

Curriculum Manager for A Levels, Sue Baker, said of Vishwa:

“She really is a great student, and we all wish her well for the future; I’m sure Vishwa will be a great role model for future female students wanting to study sciences.”

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