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Biology Challenge is open to 13-15 year old pupils in Year 9/Year 10 in England and Wales, Year 10/Year 11 in Northern Ireland and S2/S3 in Scotland.

 

The competition aims to:

  1. Encourage an interest in biology beyond the school curriculum and stimulate curiosity in the natural world.
  2. Involve as many pupils as possible in a challenging and interesting biology competition.

For more information please visit the Biology Challenge website.

Format

Biology Challenge is an online competition which takes place in schools with students supervised by their teachers. Questions will be set on the school curriculum but the Biology Challenge 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.

The Challenge consists of two 25 minute papers to maximise participation and provide flexibility. The two papers can be taken together or separately, whichever is more convenient to a school. Pupils do not have to take both papers; a school may want to use the more demanding second paper for the pupils who achieved the highest scores from the first. Both papers need to be taken for a chance of gaining a winning score resulting in the award of a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate.

Schools will be able to conduct the 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.

Timetable and rules

The 2017 Biology Challenge will take place between 6th and 24th March 2017.

Teachers can register their schools to take part in October this year.

The competition takes place entirely online in schools and consists of two 25 minute papers. The entry fee is £30 per school for an unlimited number of participants.

Volunteers wanted

Are you a school biology teacher, retired biology teacher or biologist interested in education? Would you like to inform and contribute to our work on the British Biology Olympiad (BBO), Biology Challenge (BC) and other schools competitions? Could you commit a significant amount of time (ideally five or more days each year) to helping the committee to drive the British Biology Olympiad and Biology Challenge and other schools competitions forward? Would you like to be part of the team bringing the 2017 International Biology Olympiad to the UK?

If you answered yes to the above questions please read on for more details. We are currently seeking new members for our UK Biology Competitions (UKBC) Committee. Please email Amanda Hardy for further information.