The British Biology Olympiad is aimed at students in their final year of pre-university education. Therefore, we specify that all students must be under the age of 19.
Whilst most students are 17-18, younger students often take part. Younger students are likely to perform better in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad (aimed at 16-17 year-olds) or Biology Challenge (aimed at 13-15 year-olds) which take place after the British Biology Olympiad.
Students from all types of schools, and from anywhere in the world can take part.
The examination assumes knowledge of the common elements of the biology A-level syllabi.
The medal boundaries are set using only students from UK schools, and are then awarded to all participating students.
Students which have not studied in the UK for the past two years, or who have attended an International Biology Olympiad previously, or who have attended team selection at the University of Warwick previously, are not normally eligible to participate in team selection. However, they may take part in the British Biology Olympiad.