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Preliminary Rounds

23rd November 2019


Preliminary Round 23rd November 2019

What has changed?

Previously, schools (~30) would apply via e-mail to Trevor Birt, requesting preliminary questions which were completed under exam conditions and returned (~25) for marking. Of these, the top 6-10 would be invited to our Regional Final.

Why change?

  • To ensure the ‘exam conditions’ are consistent for all schools
  • To increase the scope and engagement of schools
  • To make the ‘preliminary’ a fun day!


Both the University of Birmingham and Coventry University will be holding a ‘Preliminary Round’ day – Saturday 23rd November 2019 – where schools will simultaneously take part in the preliminary exam style questions AND practical session (as well as be entertained by a demo lecture/talk). The top 5 or 6 schools from both events will then be invited to the Regional Final. The Birmingham & West Midlands Local section Regional Final will be held at the University of Birmingham on Saturday 18th January 2020.

How do I enter my students?

A team has to be made up of two Year 9 students, one Year 10 student and one Year 11 student. Where possible students who have taken part in previous years should not be included. To Register your school for this year’s Preliminary Round please complete the registration form below:

Team information ...

Each team should be made up of the following:

  • 2 students from year 9
  • 1 student from year 10
  • 1 student from year 11

Each school can enter up to TWO teams.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Register your school team ...
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