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About the competition

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

Biology Challenge 2018 will take place between 6th – 26th March 2018. The competition consists of two, 25-minute online tests. These are taken in schools under staff-supervised conditions at any time convenient during the competition dates.

The Biology Challenge is organised by the UK Biology Competitions committee and administered by the Royal Society of Biology.


Top scoring students are rewarded with publicly recognised certificates, and will be offered the opportunity to attend an awards ceremony at IET: London, Savoy Place.

Every student who takes part in the competition is eligible to receive free BioNet membership for one year.

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How to enter

Teachers can now register their students for Biology Challenge 2018. 

Teachers can also download a poster to help promote the competition.

The competition is open to students in:

  • Y8/Y9/Y10 in England and Wales
  • Y9/Y10/Y11 in Northern Ireland
  • S1/S2/S3 in Scotland, and
  • equivalent year groups worldwide

The entry fee is £30 per school for an unlimited number of participants.


If you have any queries regarding the competition, please contact Raghav Selvam.

Competition supporter

The Royal Society of Biology is very grateful to BBSRC for its continued support of the Biology Challenge.


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