UK Biology Competitions

UKBC encourages the study of biology at all levels by providing biology competitions for secondary school students

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Register for the 2022 competitions from 1st November 2021.


  • The BBO is free
    We recognise the challenges schools and teachers face at the moment. We have secured funding to make the BBO free to all UK schools. Overseas schools will only need to pay £30 for unlimited entry.
  • Sustainability
    UKBC will now exclusively send personalised e-certificates. In previous years, we distributed templates which teachers could distribute and followed these with posted personalised card certificates. From now on, we will only send secure e-certificates personalised to each student.
  • 2021 past papers
    Last year’s Intermediate Biology Olympiad and British Biology Olympiad papers have been uploaded. Remember, these papers are for interest only, and do not come with mark-schemes.
  • 2022 competition dates
    The 2022 competitions will take place on the following dates: British Biology Olympiad 2022 Wednesday 2nd – Wednesday 16th March 2022 Biology Challenge 2022Monday 2nd – Friday 20th May 2022 Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2022Wednesday 8th – Wednesday 15th June 2022 Teachers can register for all of the 2022 competitions from… Read More »2022 competition dates
  • UK team win four medals at this year’s IBO Challenge
    Four students representing the UK have been awarded medals at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) Challenge this year. Alexander Colesmith (The Judd School), Young Jun Lee (The National Mathematics and Science College) and Neil Sardesai (The Perse School) received silver medals, and Rory Welsh (Sevenoaks School) received a bronze medal.… Read More »UK team win four medals at this year’s IBO Challenge