British Biology Olympiad
About the competition
The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) challenges and motivates students with an interest in biology. The competition allows students to demonstrate their knowledge by offering a wide ranging syllabus.
The BBO 2020 will take place between 31st January - 7th February 2020. The competition consists of two, 45-minute multiple choice online tests. These are taken in schools under staff-supervised exam conditions at any time convenient during the competition dates.
The BBO also provides a means of selecting a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad (see below).
The BBO 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.
Every student who takes part in the competition is eligible to receive free BioNet membership for one year.
How to enter
Teachers can now register their students for the British Biology Olympiad 2020.
Teachers can also download a guide on how to register for the competition.
The competition is open to post-16 students studying at school or college worldwide.
Each school is eligible for five free places in the competition. Stepped fees are applied for each additional student entered, up to a maximum fee of £100:
- 1-5 students registered from a school = free
- 6-25 students registered = £5 each (max. cost for 25 students is £100)
- 26 or more students registered = £100 total entry fee.
Schools with existing competition payment arrears will not be able to participate in the British Biology Olympiad 2020.
International Biology Olympiad
The top-scoring sixteen students in the BBO will be invited to complete further practical and theoretical assessments in order to select a team to represent the UK at the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). The IBO 2020 will be held in Nagasaki, Japan between 3rd - 11th July 2020; Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance will be consulted in planning for this event.
If you have any queries regarding the competition, please contact Raghav Selvam.
The Royal Society of Biology is very grateful to BBSRC for its continued support of the BBO.