At roughly a minute per question, section 2 is usually what causes people the most problems. The challenge is keeping your head if (or rather, when) you encounter a question you can’t immediately do, and coming back to it at the end. The syllabus for section 2 is another point of interest – although the official website says GCSE level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths, what they actually mean is GCSE Maths and Science across all exam boards. What does that mean for you? Well, it means that you most likely haven’t covered some of the topics that they could potentially test you on. Those topics are what we’re going to teach you on the BMAT crash course. And while there’s no substitute for your own handwritten notes, we’ll be giving you a handbook with our own comprehensive revision notes on these nasty topics, so you can spend your time practising past papers rather than trawling through CGP guides (like we did) looking for the right information.
Of the 4 subjects that are tested in section 2, we’re most interested in Biology and Physics. You all should have a pretty thorough understanding of GCSE Maths, and besides, most of you will be doing it at AS anyway, so you’re covered there. As for chemistry, if you’re applying to Medicine or Veterinary Sciences, you will definitely be doing it at A-Level (if you’re not, that’s very bad news). So you should know how to do almost all of the chemistry questions they can throw at you in BMAT.
On the BMAT Crash Course, we’ll be teaching you the Physics and Biology that you might not have covered. In Physics, most GCSE exam boards don’t cover transformers, series and parallel circuit calculations, proper mechanics and some others. In Biology, most don’t cover genetics, nerves etc in sufficient detail. Naturally, we don’t want to overload you with information, so we’ll just be going over the basics in each of these topics so that if a question comes up, you’ll know what they’re talking about, and how to answer it.