Primary and Final FRCA examinations regulations

Published: 26/07/2019

Section 4: Prioritisation of Applications

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There is no prioritisation for the Primary MCQ or Final written papers, but candidates may not always get their first choice of venue.

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Updated 11 December 2020

FRCA Primary

Category A Subject to eligibility in all other respects to sit the Primary OSCE and/or SOE priority will be given to applicants who are:

1. Trainees in Deanery approved training posts on a GMC approved training programme in Anaesthetics/ACCS (Anaes)

Academic year 20/21 only:

Priority based on point in training on application:

  • CT2/2plus or outcome 10
  • Longest wait since passing the Primary MCQ with:

Trainees who did not get a place in the most recent sitting of the OSCE/SOE prioritised, 

then, point in training at CT1 with those furthest through training prioritised. 

2. Former UK anaesthetic trainees who will have been out of training for a period equal to or less than 18 months (on the closing date for applications). If necessary, further prioritisation will be undertaken by seniority (see above). 

3. Trainees sponsored by the College under the MTI scheme.

4. Specialty/staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) grade doctors.

Category B. The following applicants may be accepted in the order listed if the College has the capacity to examine them at the sitting applied for of the Primary OSCE and/or SOE. 

1. ICM (single programme) trainees.

2. Former UK anaesthetic trainees who were in a training post longer than 18 months ago. 

3. Trainees in approved training posts in the Republic of Ireland.

4. All other eligible categories not listed above. 

If there are too many candidates in any subcategory than exam places available, places will be offered by random selection. 

FRCA Final

Category A Subject to eligibility in all other respects to sit the Final SOE priority will be given to applicants who are:

1. Trainees in Deanery approved training posts on a GMC approved training programme in Anaesthetics, and including those anaesthetic trainees on a dual CCT programme with ICM and those undertaking subspecialty training in pre-hospital emergency medicine.

Academic year 20/21 only:

Priority based on point in training on application: 

  • ST5
  • ST4 (waiting the longest time since passing the Final Written) with:

Trainees who did not get a place in the most recent sitting of the SOE prioritised.  

then, point in training at ST4 with those furthest through training prioritised.

  • ST3

2. Trainees sponsored by the College under the MTI scheme.

3. Specialty/Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) grade doctors.

Category B. The following applicants may be accepted in the order listed if the College has the capacity to examine them at the sitting applied for of the Final SOE. 

1. ICM single programme trainees. 

2. Former UK anaesthetic trainees.

3. Trainees in approved training posts in the Republic of Ireland.

4. All other eligible categories not listed above. 

If there are too many candidates in any subcategory than exam places available, places will be offered by random selection. 

The College reserves the right to move candidates to a later sitting of the exam or remove and refund should there be insufficient capacity to examine them at the sitting applied for.

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Specialists directed by the GMC to undergo an assessment of knowledge of Anaesthesia to support an application for entry to the Specialist Register under the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) route will be admitted to the appropriate examination(s) under special arrangements.