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Background Knowledge Past Papers

All Blue Badge students will be required to take Background Knowledge examinations. Below are links to past papers, which have been sat by previous candidates, unaltered in any way and readily available for download.

Background Knowledge papers based on  the Old Background Knowledge Syllabus are applicable to courses accredited before April 2018.  New Background Knowledge Syllabus is applicable to courses accredited from April 2018 onwards. Past papers are free of charge and the links provide a direct download in pdf format.

Answers will not be provided. All answers to the questions in the papers are readily sourceable from the internet and many accessible books.

Please click on the title of each paper to download your desired paper.


Past Paper Title Date
BK P1 Old Syllabus April 2015 16/04/15
BK P1 Old Syllabus April 2016 14/04/16
BK P1 Old Syllabus April 2017 12/04/17
NI P1 Old Syllabus April 2017 12/04/17
NI P1 Old Syllabus December 2017 15/12/17
BK P1 Old Syllabus April 2018 09/04/18
BK P1 Old Syllabus October 2018 30/10/18
BK P1 New Syllabus Dec 2019 03/12/19
BK P1 New Syllabus Oct 2020 20/10/20
BK P1 (Resits) Old Syllabus Oct 2020 20/10/20
BK P1 New Syllabus April 2022 19/04/22
BK P1 Nov 2022 02/11/22
BK P1 Apr 2023 18/04/23

Please note: The papers follow the syllabus of their respective years.


New Background Knowledge Sample Paper 2019 - click here.  

New Background Knowledge Syllabus 2018 - click here .