Biology Competitions

Society of Biology

Biology Challenge


Biology Challenge is open to students around the world.

The 2020 competition will take place between 10th - 31st March 2020.

Teachers can register students for the competition from 4th November 2019.


Biology Challenge stimulates students’ curiosity for the natural world and encourages them to take an interest in biology outside of school.

Biology Challenge is open to students in:

- Y9/Y10 in England and Wales
- Y10/Y11 in Northern Ireland
- S2/S3 in Scotland, and
- equivalent year groups worldwide.

The competition consists of two, twenty-five-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. Questions will be set on the school curriculum, but the competition will also reward those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes, taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest, and are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna.

Schools will be able to conduct Biology Challenge in whatever way best suits their pupils, ensuring that they enjoy participating and have a reasonable expectation of recognition for their achievements. As well as being able to submit their pupils' scores to the national competition, schools will be encouraged to award their own prizes and to make use of certificates provided for them.

Top scoring students will also be offered the opportunity to attend an award ceremony in London. 

We are very grateful to BBSRC for its continued support of Biology Challenge.