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We work to encourage the study of Physics and recognise excellence in young physicists through four annual Physics competitions.

On this webpage you can find more information about the competitions we organise. You will also find entry forms and past papers. Our competitions are open to all students in UK schools.

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British Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition

The BPhO is also planning to set up a new competition, the British Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics. As with the BPhO, it will comprise of a series of competition papers and select a team to participate in the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA). A trial paper has been written for this new competition and can be found here with an Introduction Letter. Email Bpho@physics.ox.ac.uk for solutions and further details.


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.

IPhO 2013: The BPhO team achieve three silver and two bronze medals in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). Well done team! Read more about their trip here.

IPhO 2013

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.

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Competition dates for 2014-15

Experimental Project    From Fri 28th June 2014

A2 Challenge                From Fri 13th September 2014

BPhO Round 1             Fri 14th November 2014

BPhO Round 2             Mon 26th January 2015

Physics Challenge         Fri 6th March 2015

AS Challenge                Fri 13th March 2015


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