The most prestigious chemistry competition for high school students in UK

Administered by the Royal Society of Chemistry - one of the world's most influential chemistry organisations

Special opportunity for Chinese students to compete on the same problems as UK students

Awards provide evidence supporting applications to top universities

Date: Jan. 26, 2024 (Fri.) 14:00-16:00 (120 min)


The UK Chemistry Olympiad (UKChO) is hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The RSC, with headquarters in London and Cambridge, is one of the world's most influential chemistry organisations. With over 50,000 members and an international publishing and knowledge business, they are the UK's professional body for chemical scientists, supporting and representing their members and bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world. The problems in the UK Chemistry Olympiad often stimulate a lot of debate, raising awareness of what chemistry is all about. It provides a great opportunity for the students to develop and showcase some of the skills they'll need at university and beyond.

Challenge Rules




Jan. 26, 2024 (Fri.) 14:00-16:00 (120 min)


Individual test


5-6 analysis problems, each problem consists of 3-10 question parts


High level of difficulty. The questions require A-level or equivalent chemistry knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to new situations and problems in a creative way.


Paper-based in partnering school

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze

(Grade boundaries for each award are set according to performance by students from UK. Typically, 60-65% of entrants in the UK gain at least a Bronze certificate, with the top 7-8% of UK entrants achieving Gold. Scores from competitors in China will receive awards according to these grade boundaries. In 2021, nearly 14% of participants from China received a Gold award, over 17% received a Silver award and over 26% received a Bronze award.)


All papers will be sent to the UK and graded by RSC-appointed examiners



Includes the exam, proctor fee, grading,  past-papers certificate (ASDAN doesn't provide any trainings)


Jan. 14, 2024

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Noted:The ASDAN Scholarship is only available to Year 10, 11 and 12 students for participating ASDAN Extended Project Qualification(EPQ). EPQ is recommended by the G5 group and many leading universities as a competitive academic experience. Scholarships cannot be exchanged for cash. For further details see:

Sample Problems


1. Can the students bring a calculator ?

Students can bring a basic calculator (without any equation editor and program functions).

2. Can the students bring a dictionary ?

The students can bring a printed version dictionary.

3. Refund policy
If, for some reason, the student is unable to attend after paying the fee, please contact us. If you apply before the registration deadline, 25% of the registration fee will be deducted as academic materials and service fees. If you apply after the registration deadline, no refund will be given.
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