Biology Competitions

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British Biology Olympiad


The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) is open to students around the world.

The 2019 competition will take place between 1st - 8th February 2019.

Teachers can now register their students for the competition.


The BBO challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents. It enables students to demonstrate their knowledge and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates and medals. 

The BBO is open to students in post-16 education studying at school or college. The competition consists of two, 45-minute multiple choice papers to be taken online under staff supervised exam conditions. Top scoring students will be offered the opportunity to attend an award ceremony in London. 

In addition to encouraging and rewarding pupils in their studies, the BBO is the first stage in selecting a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). The IBO seeks to challenge by both theory and practical tests some of the top pre-university biology students in the world, with over sixty countries taking part. The UK teams have had considerable success at IBO and we are very grateful to BBSRC for its continued support of the UK team's participation.

Team selection for the IBO 2019 in Szeged, Hungary.

BBO 2019 - Students competing in the British Biology Olympiad take two, one-hour multiple choice papers between 1st - 8th February 2019.

IBO Team Selection Final - These sixteen students will then invited to the University of Warwick in mid-April 2019, where they will take part in practical assessments and an additional written paper. Four of them will then be selected to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad 2019 in Szeged, Hungary (14th - 21st July); Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance will be consulted in planning for this event. The team will undergo further training in Reading and and London in advance of the IBO 2019.