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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.

The competition consists of two, 25-minute online tests. These are taken in schools under staff-supervised exam conditions at any time convenient during the competition dates.

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


Top scoring students are rewarded with publicly recognised certificates.

How to enter

The Biology Challenge 2021 will open for registrations in November 2020.

The competition is open to students in:

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

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

Schools with existing competition payment arrears will not be able to participate in the Biology Challenge 2021.


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