British Physics Olympiad Senior Physics Challenge (Year 12)

Senior Physics Challenge (Year 12)

Competition dates:
new - SPC Online Competiion open Monday 24th - Friday 31st January 2022
Entry deadline: Monday 28th Feb 2022
Paper competition is on Friday 4th March 2022
Entry deadline: Monday 28th Feb 2022
Papers returned ONLY the Gold Award papers are to be returned to the BPhO by Friday 18th March

Competition details

Cost: free
Prizes: Certificates (and books on some occasions)


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. The AS 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. Past papers
Over 6000 students take part in the competition each year.

STOP PRESS - In 2021, the Competition was run as an online multiple choice competition. 5300 students from 380 schools participated.

Report on the Senior Physics Challenge March 2021 (revised v1) Senior Physics Challenge Report March 2021 rev1.pdf

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