Guide to BMAT Physics

Tamsin Dyer

Tamsin Dyer

Head of Content Creation

Introduction to BMAT Physics

We often find that BMAT students stress about the physics element in Section 2. Many BMAT students have not studied physics since GCSE more than a year ago so feel less confident in their ability. If you’re in this situation, don’t stress! You don’t need to revise absolutely everything from GCSE physics and the exam isn’t anywhere near as daunting as it first sounds. You might need to do some brushing up, but with some careful practice and preparation you’ll find the BMAT physics questions become easier and less daunting.

There will be 6 to 8 questions testing your physics knowledge within Section 2 of the exam. When you realise how few questions this is in the grand scheme, it doesn’t seem anywhere near as bad and is nothing to worry about. Of course this doesn’t mean you can ignore physics entirely as 6-8 marks can go a long way to determine your final score. You should try and maximise your physics ability, but overall don’t worry if it’s not your strongest subject as you can always make up marks in other areas.

If you find you need some extra help or don’t know where to start, we have many handy physics tutorials on our YouTube channel, as well as BMAT courses to walk you through each section.

BMAT Physics Tutorial: Current & Voltage

How do I prepare for Section 2?

The BMAT specification tells you exactly which topics may come up during this section. Remember that the syllabus is at GCSE level but this doesn’t mean the entire GCSE content is needed. In our BMAT course, we go through each specification point, one by one, teaching you the key content you need to remember.  

Take a look at the specification and make a note of each topic. You don’t want to waste precious preparation time revising for a topic that won’t come up! It might be handy to construct a revision timetable and decide which topics you’re going to study and when.

BMAT physics question banks

We’ve compiled every BMAT past paper from 2009 onwards into a free online question bank. The questions are organised by topic with explained answers. This can help you identify the key topics that come up time and time again, for example in BMAT physics, waves and electricity has been tested 12 times since 2009!

It’s also a good way to test your knowledge after you’ve revised a particular topic. If you’ve spent a few hours revising waves it’s a good idea to finish your revision with some BMAT questions focused around that topic to test if you’re confident enough with the topic to move on.

Free BMAT Section 2 Questions
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Which BMAT physics topics should you revise?

It is important to cover the following topics. These are topics that are named in the specification so could be used by the examiners to base questions on. We’ve counted the number of times each topic has come up in previous exams so you have an idea of what’s the most common. Don’t rely on this though! If a topic comes up a lot, this doesn’t mean the examiners will definitely write questions on it again this year.

TopicNumber of BMAT Questions (since 2009)
Waves11
Electricity10
Energy and Work Done9
Forces6
Radioactivity9
S.I. Units1
Density2
Electromagnetism2
Speed, Distance, Time3

Final Points

There are additional topics areas covered by the syllabus, but this list gives you a good overview of what topics to brush up on in order to be confident with the BMAT Physics section. 

Remember, if physics isn’t your strong point, this section also tests biology, chemistry and maths, so there are plenty of places for you to make up marks if you don’t perform well in the BMAT physics section. 

Finally, if you feel you need a bit of extra help with revising for the Physics section of the BMAT, then why not try a tutoring session with one of our experienced tutors? They are on hand to help you perform best in all aspects of the BMAT.

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