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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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:

    • those that had booked onto a cancelled (Mar-Jul 20) sitting of an examination;
    • point in training on application; and/or
    • those in possession of an ARCP outcome 10.  With:
    • OSCE/SOE resits from January 2020 and March MCQ 2020 passes prioritised over August 2020 MCQ passes for the November 2020 OSCE/SOE sitting. August 2020 MCQ passes prioritised for the OSCE/SOE sitting in January 2021, followed by November 2020 MCQ passes. 
  1. 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)
  1. Trainees sponsored by the College under the MTI scheme.
  1. 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 than18 months ago.
  3. Trainees in approved training posts in the Republic of Ireland.
  4. All other eligible categories not listed above.

 

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

Academic year 20/21 only:

Priority based on:

    • point in training on application – (trainees who entered ST5 in August 2020 in possession of Outcome 10 will be the highest priority with:
    • SOE resits from December 2019 and Written passes from March 2020 prioritised for the December 2020 SOE sitting. September 2020 Written passes prioritised for the SOE sitting in February 2021 followed by December 2020 SOE fails.
  1. Trainees sponsored by the College under the MTI scheme.
  1. 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 dual 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.

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.