What is BBO?
The British Biology Olympiad (BBO) challenges and stimulates students with an interest in biology to expand and extend their talents.
It enables students to demonstrate their talent and to be suitably rewarded with publicly recognised certificates.
Key points about BBO
60% of students receive a Commendation and above
Flexible timetable to suit all needs
Based upon the A-level syllabus
Entry close date: 1 March 2023
4t March 2023
The competition consists of two, 45-minute multiple-choice papers to be taken online.
Students will need to complete both papers to be considered for an award category.
Students will be presented with topics and ideas which they are not familiar with, so will compete with their problem-solving skills and understanding of core principles.
* Fees for the competition are $180 per student.
Name of Account: Pinnacle Education Group
Please make payment with the students 'full name + BBO' as reference.
⚠️ Please note that any fees and payments made are non-refundable.
(Terms and conditions apply).
Please note: If you registered after the deadline, the fees will be doubled.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the eligibility requirements?
The British Biology Olympiad is aimed at students in their final year of pre-further or pre-higher education. 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-old students) or Biology Challenge (aimed at 13-15 year-old students) which take place after the British Biology Olympiad. The examination assumes knowledge of the common elements of the biology A-level syllabi. The award boundaries are set for all participating students.
2. How can students access the competition?
The competition papers can be accessed online via the exam portal. All students must have access to an internet-connected device – such as a computer or laptop.
3. What will be assessed?
The British Biology Olympiad is not primarily a test of knowledge. Questions will ask students to use their biological intuition, logic and imagination to answer questions. They will be expected to apply basic principles which they are familiar with to new topics. The British Biology Olympiad is a challenging problem solving competition, however, there will also be some quick-fire questions of basic knowledge. Questions will aim to teach students about cutting-edge and topical biology.
4. How are students awarded?
E-certificates will be awarded to students in the following categories: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Highly Commended, Commended, and Participation. All participating students are also eligible to receive a free Royal Society of Biology BioNet membership for one year.