[BIO Logo] The British Informatics Olympiad is
the computing competition for schools and colleges.
We are proud to present BIO 2021.
The 2021 British Informatics Olympiad

BIO 2021 will take place December 2020 - January 2021 and March/April 2021. The competition is open to all students in full-time pre-university education in mainland Britain, and involves solving problems against the clock, using nothing more than pen, paper and a computer.

Given recent government announcements on the closure of schools, we are permitting schools to set the paper remotely. Updated instructions have been sent to registered schools.

The deadline for setting and submitting marks has been extended to 31 January 2021.

The BIO consists of three stages. The first is a 3-hour test, the British Informatics Olympiad, which takes place in schools during December and January. This involves solving a range of problems using a computer. The second stage is the final, which will (depending on the Covid-19 pandemic) be held in Cambridge in March/April 2021. The top four finalists will make up the team to travel to the 2021 International Olympiad in Informatics, hosted by Singapore.

As well as the possibility of winning a medal the team will enjoy VIP treatment and get to socialise with contestants from over 80 different countries that will take part.

See the links below for information about BIO 2021.

If you have sent an enquiry about your registration for BIO 2021 but not received a reply, or are expecting the paper but have not yet received it, please read our additional information.

General information can be found through the BIO Index, including:


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