Schools' Analyst Competition

The Schools’ Analyst Competition enables students competing in Year 12 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, S5 in Scotland or 5th Year in Republic of Ireland to demonstrate and expand on their existing chemistry knowledge, skills and aptitude for analytical science through practical analytical experiments based on relevant societal or industrial problems. Each competition aims to provide some tasks which are relatively familiar to the students such as titrations and others which are likely to be unfamiliar, such as chromatographic separations or atomic and molecular spectroscopy.


The Schools’ Analyst Competition is once again coming to schools and colleges around the UK and Ireland. The competition is held in your own laboratories, and up to ten teams of three students can participate. To host the competition you will only need standard school labware and some consumables (a bursary is available for those who need it). All other standards and samples will be provided by us along with a full copy of all safety information.

For more details and to register your interest, visit RSC Events.


The winning team from each school or college will receive a certificate to acknowledge their achievement, but your students will also be competing against teams from across your region. The overall winning team from each region will receive £50 prize vouchers each.

Further information

For further information about the competition please email Dr Graeme Turnbull (national coordinator, Schools’ Analyst Competition).

Volumetric flasks

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Information for organisers

A risk assessment form must be filled out for every event organised by the RSC. All forms are available for download along with examples of Red Risk Assessment Forms.

Risk assessment guidance

Sponsorship of regional competitions and the final are invited (please email Dr Graeme Turnbull). Over the years, the RSC has had a very generous sponsorship for the Regional and National competitions from industry, public utilities, the Regions and Groups of the Analytical Division and in particular the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund (ACTF).

Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund