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The competitions

The British Physics Olympiad consists of five stimulating annual Physics competitions.

Training camp BPhO

You can find out more about each competition using the links below:

o   British Physics Olympiad (previously Paper 2) - Year 13
o   A2 Challenge (previously Paper 1) - Year 13
o   AS Challenge (previously AS Competition) - Year 12
o   Physics Challenge - Year 11  
o   Experimental Project  - Years 10 & 11 and Years 12 & 13

Although the papers are designed for competitive use, they can be kept by teachers to use as a year-round resource for teaching and learning. Past papers are also available online here

If you have any questions about the papers please visit our FAQ section.

Setting and marking papers

We recognise that teachers are busy and aim to make our competitions as easy as possible to run in your school. Most examination papers require just one hour, either in lessons, after school or at home.

The A2 Challenge and details of how to enter our other competitions is sent to all schools in September.

The A2 Challenge, AS Challenge and Physics Challenge are supplied with easy-to-follow mark schemes and are marked in school. Any queries are dealt with promptly by the  administrative office. Certificates are dispatched quickly to schools upon receipt of record sheets. Free entry is also available this year for the AS Challenge and Physics Challenge.

The BPhO Round 1 (previously Paper 2) and later rounds are marked by competition officials, with teachers kept informed of students' progress by post and email.

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"It was very clearly presented, with interesting questions"

(Student at training camp)