COVID-19 and Examinations

Postponements and revisions

The College has carefully considered the potential impact of COVID-19 on our examinations (FRCA, FFPM, FFICM) and regretfully we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the following examinations. Revised dates for these examinations are shown in brackets. 

  1. FFPMRCA SOE in March (to be combined with the session on 13 October 2020)
  2. FFICM OSCE/SOE in April (to be combined with the session on 19 - 23 October 2020)
  3. FRCA Primary OSCE/SOE in May (candidates booked for May have been transferred to the November session. Additional days of exams are being planned, months and dates tbc)
  4. FRCA Final SOE in June (next sitting December 2020. An additional exam scheduled for 2021, month and date tbc)
  5. FFICM MCQ in July (to be combined with the session on 12 January 2021)

If you have been transferred to the next exam session, you will have already been contacted personally by email. If you have not received any correspondence or these postponements affect your eligibility towards a future sitting, such as the validity of a previous examination, please contact the College. 

We will be advising schools that trainees should be allowed to progress through the training programme without having passed exams as an exceptional measure. For further information on training and career progression, please see the joint ICM and Anaesthesia website on COVID-19 anaesthetists and intensivists in training

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Prioritisation of Applications for examinations during AY20/21

We will endeavour to examine as many candidates as possible during AY 20/21 however, due to reduced capacity when delivering the examinations virtually, eligibility criteria will be applied to all FRCA examinations for a temporary period - please refer to the examination regulations prioritisation of applications and the accompanying statement from the Chair of RCoA Education, Training and Examinations Board. In each sitting, individual circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis with support from a regional advisor or head of school. 

Additional Sittings

To ensure that we can sit as many eligible candidates as possible in this academic year, an additional week of exams has been arranged for the Final SOE in February 2021 (dates as per the exam calendar for this exam) and an additional week (limited spaces only) will be added to the Primary OSCE/SOE sittings. Candidates for Primary should apply for a particular exam sitting and will be allocated a date within a two-week period from the week commencing date. 

We are very grateful to our examiners for volunteering for these additional sessions, which will help us to increase the numbers of candidates we can assess within the year and reduce interruption to training progression.