Sharing our Chemistry skills!

Recently Cirencester Sixth Form College were really pleased to welcome 49 Year 9 GCSE Chemistry pupils from Cirencester Kingshill School for a titration master class.

Titration is an important, but quite complex, analytical technique for finding out the concentration of an unknown solution. Students begin learning about titrations at GCSE but often struggle to fully grasp the concepts. With the help of our Chemistry A-level and BTEC Applied Science students, Kingshill pupils were given the opportunity to carry out a titration and work through the calculations fully supported.

Science student Leon Slade said; “Helping out the younger students with the titration experiments was really enjoyable and felt like a worthwhile thing to do. The students seemed to be interested in what was happening and keen to understand why. They started off by doing a titration experiment to determine the concentration of hydrochloric acid, then used some A-level chemical equations to determine molar quantities and concentrations in order to gain a deeper understanding of the chemistry within the experiments. It was lovely to be able to answer their questions and explain the concepts we have been taught this year. I’m glad the students were able to understand the experiment, ask questions and enjoy their afternoon here – it gave them an interesting hands-on insight into what A-level chemistry involves.”

We also received positive feedback from Adrian Short, Science teacher at Cirencester Kingshill School; “Just an email to say thank you very much for hosting our students in your department today. They all enjoyed themselves and were fully immersed in the activities. It was great watching the interaction between our students and yours and I think both benefitted greatly from the experience. It was an excellent opportunity, in addition to the practical experience, for our students to see what facilities are like in a further education environment and to have discussions with older students about career aspirations.”

For more information please contact Leah  Walker at Cirencester College.