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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 competition consists of a one-hour multiple choice test taken online 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 and administered by the Royal Society of Biology.


Top scoring students are rewarded with publicly recognised certificates.

How to enter

The Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2021 will open for registrations in March 2021. 

The competition is open to students in:

  • Y12 in England and Wales
  • Y13 in Northern Ireland
  • S5 in Scotland, and
  • equivalent year groups 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 Intermediate Biology Olympiad 2021.


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