British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad(BAAO)

One of the most competitive physics competitions on Astronomy and Astrophysics in the UK

Top students from the UK and China compete together for the top awards

Benefcial for applying science majors in top universities

Opportunity to be invited to the British Physics Olympiad Camp (China)

Past problems are provided for preparation

Date:March 21st, 2020(Sunday)Morning:9:15-12:30


The British Physics Olympiad is a charitable trust overseen by a committee of trustees. It was initiated in 1979, and has been used as a qualifer for the selection of the UK Physics Team for the International Physics Olympiad from 1983. The BPhO aims to encourage the study of physics and recognise excellence in young physicists through annual physics competitions.
The British Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad(BAAO) papers are set to be stimulating, challenging students to think deeper, whilst at the same time bringing them closer to many of the latest ongoing research topics and discoveries in astronomy. In combination with its dedicated university based training camps, the BOAA provides students with an intriguing path to discovering more about astronomy and astrophysics, and following this through to higher education.
ASDAN China (ASDAN Academy) and the British Physics Olympiad committee have been working together to bring this competition to China from 2019, where Chinese and British students will compete together for the awards.

Competition Rules




21st March, 2019 (Saturday)9:15-12:30 pm (195 min, 15min for reading the paper)


High school students


Individual written test


5 problems with several questions for each.Each problem is worth 20 points and different questions will have different points.


Exam Centers across China (check and choose exam centers after registration)

  • Top Gold
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze Ⅰ
  • Bronze Ⅱ

(For judging the global awards, British competitors will be ranked first by their overall scores, creating boundaries for the top gold, gold, silver and bronze awards. Competitors from other countries are not ranked together with their British competitors, but are compared by the boundaries. Chinese competitors with good results will therefore have an increased chance of receiving an award.)

Registration Details


Includes the exam fee, sample paper fee, certifcates and grading fee


9th March, 2020

Academic materials

Problems and solutions are available

Exam Center



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