BMAT Syllabus Breakdown: The Most Commonly tested topics in Section 2

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The BMAT tests your ability to apply Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths concepts at GCSE level. In this article we broke down the official BMAT syllabus and looked through BMAT Past papers from 2009 to create a list of the 10 most commonly tested topics in each sciences.


  1. Cells – Structure of animal, plant and bacterial cells
  2. Cell processes – Osmosis, Diffusion and Active transport
  3. Cell division – Meiosis and Mitosis, their role in reproduction
  4. Body systems – Nervous system, Hormonal system, Respiratory systems, Cardiac System and homeostasis (Thermoregulation)
  5. Genetics – DNA, its structure, genetic engineering and stem cells
  6. Hormones – Insulin, Glucagon, Adrenaline, Menstrual cycle hormones, Testosterone and ADH
  7. Enzymes – Key functions and mechanisms
  8. Inheritance
  9. Ecology – Carbon and Nitrogen cycles
  10. Energy Flow – Food chains and webs


  1. Key Chemistry Concepts – atoms, periodic table, ions, bonds, metals and non-metals
  2. Quantitative Chemistry (Equations and Calculations) – Balancing equations, volume of gas, atomic mass, Avogadro constant, abundances etc
  3. Chemical Analysis and Electrolysis – Electrodes, electrolysis etc
  4. Organic Chemistry – Carbon, polymers, alcohol, carboxylic acids
  5. Rates of Reaction and Energy Changes
  6. Chemical changes – Reaction of metals, acid/alkaline/salts, electrolysis
  7. Energy Changes – exothermic and endothermic reactions
  8. Chemistry of the atmosphere – Pollution
  9. Types of reactions – combination, decomposition, single displacement, etc
  10. Equilibrium


  1. Motion and forces – Newtons law, momentum, force, acceleration, elasticity, pressure and associated calculations
  2. Conservation of Energy – changes in energy, power , work and associated calculations
  3. Waves – properties, reflection, refraction, sound, ultrasound; conduction, convection and radiation
  4. Electricity and their circuits – voltage, current, series and parallel circuits, short circuits, diodes, transformers and associated calculations
  5. Atomic Structure – half-life, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, atoms, isotopes and ions
  6. Radioactive delay – atoms, nuclear radiation and energy
  7. Heat and Temperature – energy sources, temperature changes and efficiency

I strongly advise to use this as a guide and still take a look at the official BMAT specification for more details on each concept. Take the free 30 day BMAT Challenge to help with preparing for the exam, includes daily exercises over 30 days to significantly improve your score. For all the exercises at once grab your copy of the BMAT study plan includes tips and advice from high scoring candidates that took the exam.