Primary FRCA Online Revision Course

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we have developed an online revision course, in place of the normal revision course run at the College, to support your preparation for the exam.

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Key details

Date: 30 November to 18 February 2021

Location: Online,

Availability: Places available

Clinical content lead(s): Dr Ed Hammond and Dr Steve Boumphrey

Phase 1: Available from 30 November 2020

  • Introductory Lecture by Dr Ed Hammond
  • 13 MCQ Exams each with 20 MTF questions, to be completed online prior to lectures being made available
  • Access to further supporting materials and reading list

Phase 2: Available from 15 December 2020 

  • Video lectures broken down into bite sized topic
  • Powerpoint presentations from all lectures covered on the course
  • SBA sessions with Dr Hammond and Dr Boumphrey
  • MCQ exams with answers and notes available on e-LA
  • Chat room for discussion between trainees
  • The opportunity to send in questions to lecturers and receive feedback
  • Access to all lectures and learning materials up to the day before the Primary MCQ currently set for 18 February 2020

The online MCQ Exams will be available from 30 November - 15 December.  They can be taken at any time and in any order and we recommend that you treat them as mock exams. Candidates should complete these during this period after which we will produce ranked score sheets by reference to your candidate number for each paper so that you can compare your performance against that of your colleagues.

30 November - 15 December 2020

Phase 1: MCQs
There are 13 MCQ test papers available on Survey Monkey which should be completed by 17:00 on 15 December when the papers will close and ranking will take place. Only one attempt per candidate will be allowed.

From 15 December 2020

Phase 2: Video lectures
Topics will be broken down into bite-sized video lectures which you can access for the duration of the course


Video lectures

Topic Lecturer
Cardiovascular Physiology Dr Ian Shaw, Sheffield
Respiratory Physiology Dr Steve Boumphrey, Plymouth
Renal Physiology Dr Katharine Gregory, Birmingham
Acid Base Physiology Dr Liz Bright, West Suffolk
Neurophysiology Dr Eli Carter, London
Pharmacokinetics Dr Tom Lawson, Plymouth
Pharmacodynamics Dr Tom Lawson, Plymouth
Measurement and Monitoring Dr Ed Hammond, Exeter
Physics Dr Rob Price, Exeter
Equipment and Breathing Systems Dr Andrey Varvinskiy, Torbay
Electrical Safety Dr Andrew Sansome, Southampton   
Statistics Dr Steve Boumphrey, Plymouth
Maths Dr Jason Walker, Bangor
SBA Sessions Dr Ed Hammond and Dr Steve Boumphrey


Members: £50.00

Non-members: £60.00

As a delegate on this course you can purchase the Guide to the FRCA examination: The Primary (Fourth Edition) at a reduced price. Prices include packaging and posting:

  • UK | £20 (RRP £26)
  • Europe | £25 (RRP £31)
  • Rest of World | £30 (RRP £36)



Dr Ed Hammond
Clinical Lead

Dr Ed Hammond MRCP FRCA is a consultant anaesthetist based in Exeter with a particular interest in medical education and IT who developed the RCoA Electronic Anaesthetic Logbook and QBase series of MCQ books/software to help candidates prepare for the FRCA Exam. He has been the clinical lead for e-Learning Anaesthesia since 2007 developing it into an award winning resource for anaesthetists in training and consultant CPD.

In 2010, after a 3 year hiatus without a course to support trainees preparing for the Primary FRCA, he co-founded this new Primary FRCA revision course, incorporating lectures and exam practice and linked to e-LA, focusing on the parts of the curriculum where it was recognised that trainees often struggled with. He is also the author of the software used to mark the exams on the course and along with Steve Boumphrey will be throughout the course if candidates wish to discuss any issues or concerns they have about the course or exam.

Dr Steve Boumphrey
Clinical Lead

Dr Steve Boumphrey has been a Consultant anaesthetist in Plymouth since 2005 with areas of interest including difficult airway management, thoracic anaesthesia, anaesthesia for pheochromocytoma and perioperative medicine.

He has been a College Tutor, Foundation Programme Director and is now Guardian of Safe Working. He was an editor for e-Learning Anaesthesia editing and writing exam preparation sessions and in 2010 he co-founded the new Primary FRCA Masterclass at the RCoA and along with Ed Hammond will be available throughout the course if candidates wish to discuss any issues or concerns they have about the course or exam.