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We work to encourage the study of Physics and recognise excellence in young physicists.

There are five competitions organised through two strands:

British Physics Olympiad (BPhO)

British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad (BAAO)

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Congratulations to BPhO students success at The International Physics Olympiad, Indonesia

A rigorous selection programme saw team members Callum Brennan-Rich (The Liverpool Bluecoat School), Robbie King (King’s College School Wimbledon), Weida Liao (Churston Ferrers Grammar School), Euan Tebbutt (Twycross House School), Robert Waddy (Devonport High School for Boys) and reserve James Bayliss (Sutton Grammar School) come together to form the British Physics Olympiad team, travelling to the International Physics Olympiad in Indonesia.

The team gained the following results:  Robbie – Gold, Euan – Gold, Weida – Silver,  Callum – Bronze and Robert – Bronze.


IsaacPhysics.org is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to develop problem solving skills. It has levels 1 – 6 which will provide sixth formers with challenges that will suit every student who wishes to show initiative and get ahead. Teachers will also find the materials can be used to engage their students and details of courses are provided for CPD. Have a look. If you want to move ahead then IsaacPhysics.org is it.

Resources (Question Bank and Leaflets): We have organised some of problems by topic. Visit our Question Bank page for more information. Also visit here for our leaflets and featured questions. 

Two free entries: This year we are able to offer two free entries for all non-fee paying schools, due to sponsorship from a private donor, which has been allocated to BPhO to widen participation. Order your free papers through the online store.

Teachers event: (New) additional workshop planned this year. Sign-up to our mailing list for notifications about upcoming dates and visit here for more information about last year's event.

"Really enjoyed the challenge, I wish I had more real life problems like that to solve in physics"