Two highly-motivated science students from Burnley College Sixth Form Centre have been awarded prestigious silver CREST awards for their outstanding research.
Zainab Khan and Tanzina Razzaque earned the coveted awards for their work investigating the advantages of using hand sanitisers instead of soap.
The 17-year-olds from Burnley are both studying A Levels in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics after Zania left Sir John Thursby Community College and Tanzina formerly studied at Markazul-Uloom, Blackburn.
Zainab, who plans to study Medicine at Foundation level at Bradford University, said: "I really enjoyed taking part in the CREST programme as it has helped me to develop lots of additional skills, including teamworking and problem-solving. I've had the opportunity to work independently as a scientist and really expand my knowledge of STEM subjects."
Tanzina, who is planning to become a midwife, added that her work for the CREST award had helped her develop her organisational skills and independent learning.
The girls chose their own subject and undertook 30 hours of extra-curricular project work, with support from their tutors, as part of the College's successful Honours programme which gives students the additional skills, knowledge and confidence to shine at interview, whether that is for places at some of the UK's top universities or successful careers.
The CREST silver award, run by the British Science Association, helps to build skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work and is a great indicator towards success in achieving top A Level grades.