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Budding Scientists get messy at Bolton Sixth Form College

Date Posted: 03/12/2015 | Posted In: College News

Over 250 high school pupils from in and around the borough took part in Bolton Sixth Form College’s fourth Science Convention. The event was aimed at year 10 and 11 pupils who have an interest in pursuing a career in science, engineering, medicine or related professions.

Pupils enjoyed hands-on experiences and learned about a wide range of career opportunities such as, Optometry, Psychology, Nursing, Engineering, Medicine, Forensic Science and Physiotherapy. Many students learned about the realities of working as a paramedic and used specialist equipment including a medical dummy which is used for practising resuscitation techniques.

The Chemistry session lead by the College’s Head of Chemistry, Sean Yates, gave pupils the opportunity to take part in some very messy experiments, making toothpaste to investigate catalysts. Luckily plenty of lab coats were available! Pupils were also given an insight into the career opportunities offered if Chemistry was chosen as an A Level option.

Recently qualified dentist Miss Hannah Darby, gave a truthful account about life as a dentist and what it takes to embark on this difficult but incredibly rewarding career. Students really benefited from hearing how she had gained a place at university and what they can do to achieve this themselves..

Pupils were also able to gain careers advice and guidance from top universities such as Lancaster, Edge Hill, Newcastle and Bradford. Our own science staff and students were on hand to offer advice on progression routes and what it’s like to study science at Bolton Sixth Form College..

“This was a great event enabling young people to gain an insight into the wide variety of careers in the science industry. We were delighted to attend and meet so many bright and enthusiastic students” Joel Greenwell Graduate Ambassador Faculty of Medical Sciences Newcastle University.


Bolton Sixth Form College Science Department has a long-established track record achieving excellent results. The College has its own Science Academy for high flying pupils who achieve five or more A/A* grades at GCSE at including Mathematics and Science subjects. Science Academy students work towards an AQA Baccalaureate Award allowing them to obtain the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Trips to Oxford and Cambridge are organised as well as a range of master classes in association with Cambridge University. Students also undertake a six-week research project of their own choice culminating in a presentation to an invited audience. Science students from the College have gone on to further their studies with a range of courses such as; Aerospace Engineering at The University of Manchester, Optometry at Plymouth University, Medicine at Barts and the London school of Medicine and Dentistry and University and Biomedical Science at The University of Salford.