Primary and Final FRCA examinations regulations

Published: 26/07/2019

Section 11: Failures and Guidance



A candidate who is unsuccessful in an examination may, subject to the provisions of Sections 5, 6, 7 and 8 enter for the next or any subsequent sitting of that examination.



(a) There are no mandatory requirements for candidates to attend guidance interviews up to the fifth attempt for each component. At the sixth attempt candidates must have attended a guidance interview.

(b) A candidate who has failed any of the following components more than once may request a guidance interview, subject to the limitation at 34(c):

  • Primary OSCE and/or SOE
  • Final written
  • Final SOE

(c) Interviews are normally limited to one per examination component listed at 34(b). A candidate shall be entitled to a second guidance interview at the sixth attempt if required.

(d) No special consideration will be given in respect of refunds following guidance interviews. Non request/attendance of a guidance interview will not affect eligibility towards examinations.

(e) Requests should be made by email ( or in writing, to the examinations department at the College address, normally within one calendar month of the date of the last failed component.

(f) Interviews will be carried out by one or more FRCA Examiner(s) and arranged locally where possible. Attendance of a College Tutor is strongly encouraged.

(g) In exceptional circumstances and under the recommendation of the College Tutor a candidate may be granted a guidance interview after failure at the first attempt.