Primary and Final FRCA examinations regulations

Published: 26/07/2019

Section 4: Prioritisation of Applications


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



(a) Subject to eligibility in all other respects to sit the Primary OSCE/SOE or Final SOE priority will be given to applicants who are:

   (i) trainees currently in Deanery approved training posts on a GMC approved training programme in Anaesthetics (as defined in these Regulations);

   (ii) trainees sponsored by the College under the MTI scheme.

   (iii) Specialty/Staff and Associate Specialist (SAS) grade doctors

(b) The following applicants will be accepted, in the order listed, if the College has the capacity to examine them at the sitting applied for, in the Primary OSCE and/or SOE and Final SOE:

   (i) ACCS/ICM (single programme) trainees (Primary OSCE/SOE)

   (ii) former UK anaesthetic trainees;

   (iii) trainees currently in approved training posts in the Republic of Ireland; and

   (iv) all other eligible categories not listed above.

Candidates in the above categories will automatically be booked on to exams on application. However, the College reserves the right to move candidates listed at 11(b) to a later sitting of the exam should there be insufficient capacity to examine them at the sitting applied for.



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.