There are two competitions at this
level. One is an online quiz, whilst the paper competition has questions that provide more of a student challenge.
They are aimed at the first year of A level (or equivalent) Year 12 (UK)
The Senior Physics Challenge for Year 12 students is an exciting
opportunity for students to stretch their problem solving skills and
apply fundamental physical principles to novel situations. Over 6000 students take part in the competition each year.
The SPC Challenge is a single, one-hour paper that provides an excellent tool to assess and challenge students’ ability to work at a high level in Key Stage 5 and beyond. It consists of several short questions followed by one or two longer questions that test only core subject knowledge and application. Little knowledge of new Year 12 topics is required, whilst the style of questions is more advanced than students will generally be acquainted with. The study of four past papers is recommended in order to ensure that students are prepared for the challenge.
Teachers may use questions from past papers in their regular teaching, and are encouraged to do so.