Highgrove Education

PAT, NSAA & ENGAA Preparation

This elective is aimed at those interested in applying to Oxford or Cambridge for a degree in physics.  The Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) is a requirement for everyone who applies to study Physics or Physics and Philosophy at Oxford. The Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA) is a written exam for prospective Cambridge natural sciences and veterinary sciences applicants, including a subject specialism in Physics. The Engineering Admissions Assessment (ENGAA) is a pre-interview assessment that’s required as part of an application to study Engineering (as well as Chemical Engineering via Engineering) at the University of Cambridge. This preparation course helps you to develop your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of physics when answering the challenging questions in these examinations.  

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
TeacherDr Lampros Andrinopoulos, Physics & Mathematics Teacher
Course Length10 months
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
ExaminationPreparation for the PAT, NSAA and ENGAA examinations
Entry RequirementsPupils are required to be taking Physics at A level 

Course Syllabus

Spring 1Advanced problem solving in Mathematics and Physics
Spring 2Covering topics from the A level A2 syllabus 
Summer 1Advanced problem solving in Mathematics and Physics, including new A2 topics
Summer 2Past papers preparation
Autumn 1Past papers preparation

Teacher Profile

Dr Lampros Andrinopoulos studied a Masters in Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London, where he also completed his PhD on dispersion interactions in density functional theory. He earned his teaching qualification (PGCE) in 2015 from Canterbury Christ Church University and has taught in a variety of schools since then. He has moved to Harrow School Online from St Paul’s Girls’ School, where he was a teacher of Physics and assisted with interview preparation for Oxbridge candidates.