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The competitions

Competition dates

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

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

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

o   British Physics Olympiad Round 1 - Year 13
o   A2 Challenge - Year 13
o   AS Challenge - Year 12
o   Physics Challenge - Year 11
o  Year 10 Physics Challenge - Year 10
o  Experimental Project  - Years 10 & 11 and Years 12 & 13

o   British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad  - Year 12 & 13
o   British Astronomy & Astrophysics A2 Challenge (Astro Challenge) - Year 12

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)