FAQs

FAQs

FAQ - Eligibility of students

  • What is required of the students to take part?

    Students are required to:

    • Attend a secondary school, sixth form or FE college within the UK
    • Hold UK citizenship and attend a school outside the UK
    • Attend a British international school.
  • What level of study should students be to enter the competitions?

    Students who have finished their school examinations in the year of the competition can participate as long as they have not commenced a more advanced level of study (e.g. university studies for BPhO Round 1, A2 or equivalent for AS Challenge or Key stage 4 / level 3 studies for the Physics Challenge).

  • Are there any age restrictions?

    There is no upper age limit for the competitions.

  • What about non-uk citizens?

    Contestants are not required to be UK citizens but must fulfil the above requirements for each of the competitions. However, in order to participate:

  • What about the training camps and British team competing in the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)?

    Students are required to satisfy one of the following criteria:

    • Have attended a secondary school, sixth form or FE college within the UK for three years or more
    • Hold UK citizenship and attend a school outside the UK

    Oxford Training Camp: Only students who are eligible to compete in the IPhO will be invited to the Oxford Training Camp in April. Students attending schools outside of the UK must be able to fund their own travel expenses to the Oxford Training Camp in April.

    Level of study: Students who have finished their school examinations in the year of the competition can be members of the team as long as they have not commenced their university studies.

    Age restriction: The age of the contestants should not exceed twenty years on June 30th of the year of the competition.

FAQ - Ordering papers

  • How do I order the competition papers?

    All papers, including those that are free, should be ordered through the online store.

  • Is my school/college eligible for two free entries of the BPhO paper?

    The BPhO is offering two free entries for students entering Round 1 for non-fee paying schools only. Further entries must be paid for. Both these categories of entry are available through the online shop (see below).

  • How do I receive my two free entries to BPhO Round 1?

    Non-fee paying schools and colleges can order two papers from the item labelled ‘BPhO Round 1: Entry (Two free entries for non fee paying schools)’ in the online store. The remainder of the papers can be ordered through the normal entry items in the store, ‘BPhO Round 1: Entry (Schools to be invoiced £18 per person)’ or ‘BPhO Round 1: Entry (Card payment)’.

  • What happens after I order my papers?

    All papers will be emailed a week before the test date, with the exception of Round 1 which will also be posted if ordered before the deadline.

  • Are any papers sent in printed form?

    Yes, Round 1 and Round 2 papers.

  • How do I receive my free electronic copies of the challenge papers?

    The AS Challenge and GCSE Challenge papers are only available (free) electronically to all schools. Please use the online shop to order your free electronic copies of the paper, mark schemes and certificates. You should order the number of papers corresponding to the number of students you might be expecting (for our statistics), but you will only receive one electronic version for printing.

  • I have forgotten to order a paper until after the deadline for entry. Can we still enter?

    Yes, orders submitted after the deadline and before the test date are accepted but papers will only be sent out electronically.

  • When can I expect the papers to arrive?

    The papers should be with you a week before the test date. Please get in touch if they have not arrived.

  • I have tried using the online system and I have experienced a technical problem.

    Please email BPhO@physics.ox.ac.uk order stating the following:

    Email subject line: Paper and/or certificate order

    • Name
    • School name
    • Address of school
    • Number of orders (papers and/or different types certificates)
    • The problem with online store

    We will invoice your school if required at a later date.

  • I have tried using the online system to order BPhO Round 1 but my school does not have a credit card

    Please order the paper through the online store and select the item ‘BPhO Round 1: Entry (Schools to be invoiced £18 per person)’.

    If your question about ordering papers and certificates did not appear in this section please email us at BPhO@physics.ox.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.

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