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About the competition

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad challenges students’ biology knowledge and encourages them to continue studying the biosciences beyond school/college.

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2019 took place between 7th - 14th June 2019.  The competition consists of a one-hour multiple choice test taken online in schools under staff-supervised exam conditions at any time convenient during the competition dates. Questions will be set on topics students are likely to have covered at GCSE and in their first year of A level.

Students who take part in the competition are encouraged to reference their participation in their further/higher education applications.

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad 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. High scoring students will also be invited to one-day Field Studies Council course exploring the ecology of a urban park.

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

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2019 has now closed for registrations.

The competition is open to students in:

  • Y12 in England and Wales
  • Y13 in Northern Ireland
  • S5 in Scotland, and
  • equivalent year groups worldwide

A new reduced participation fee has been introduced for 2019 to encourage students to enter:

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 Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2019.


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

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