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Anatomy course - FRCAnatomy

Dates:Please visit
Address:Online via webinar
Tel:+44 (0)7960 490767
Web Site:
Description:FRCAnatomy is a half day anatomy revision course aimed at anaesthetists-in-training preparing for the primary FRCA.

The aim of the course is to provide a good breadth of basic and functional anatomy as required for the exam. A range of learning modalities will be provided including lectures, visual in-line drawing demonstrations, presentations of models and interactive question and answering.

Teaching will be delivered by post fellowship anaesthetists, consultant surgeons and anatomy demonstrators.

SOE/OSCE courses do not generally focus on anatomy and having already delivered a successful OSCE course, we understand what candidates need from an anatomy day.

Contact Pooja Shah at or on 0796 049 0767 or visit website.

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Anatomy for Anaesthetists

Dates:London course: Tuesday 8th September 2020
Address:See London and Bristol addresses below
Web Site:

Anatomy for Anaesthetists is a unique one-day course aimed at all anaesthetists but specifically those preparing for the FRCA. The day involves structured stations that cover the basic anatomical sciences relevant to anaesthesia and is taught by enthusiastic and knowledgeable anatomists and anaesthetists. Delegates have the opportunity to get hands on experience with cadaveric prosected specimens as well as detailed models, diagrams and radiological images. Teaching is informal, interactive and restricted to small groups where there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Book early to avoid disappointment!

London address: Anatomy Laboratory UCL, Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street, London, WC1E 6JJ
Bristol address: Vesalius Clinical Training Centre, University of Bristol, Southwell Street, Bristol BS2 8EJ

Really useful day. Will be recommending to others. Great exam preparation.

Clarified anatomy in a logical and systematic manner. Very interactive.

Model of larynx FANTASTIC.

Excellent – I am actually looking forward to a base of skull question on the exam now!

This day has been enormously helpful in terms of understanding relevant anatomy. I feel a lot more confident about tackling anatomy questions in my exam now. This should really be rolled out into core anaesthesia teaching. Thank you for organising and please feed back to all the demonstrators about how instructive they were and how their enthusiasm was infectious.

it's the best course I have ever been on.

Anglia Ruskin University PREP Course - Primary FRCA

Dates:Please see website for details:
Address:Postgraduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Rivermead Campus, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
Tel:01245 684150
Web Site:

An intensive exam preparation course for the Primary FRCA SOE (vivas) and OSCEs.

Realistic practice, exactly as in the real exam.

Day One: A full day of SOE practice. Feedback on presentation, answer structure and overall performance. Highly focused tutorials on the ‘trickier’ bits of the syllabus and how to handle them in the exam.

Day Two: A full day of OSCE practice (two full cycles). Realistic experience of real scenarios, ideal for honing technique. Broad range of topics covered with an opportunity to consolidate knowledge in he debrief sessions.

Attendance: It is possible to attend both days or just one day of the course.

Numbers strictly limited to 16 candidates per day.

The course is facilitated by Consultant Anaesthetists from Broomfield, Southend and other Hospitals.

Course Director : Dr Nick Wilson

Register and pay online via the link from our webpage

Cost: £150 per day (please register for each day separately). Refreshments and lunch included.

"Excellent course – would recommend it. Very approachable and helpful faculty."

"Wide range of realistic exam questions."

"I have been to a few other courses and this one was extremely well prepared, well organised and good value for money."

"Excellent feedback – I was able to use feedback received in the morning to improve performance in the afternoon."

“I just wanted to let you know that I passed my Primary SOE/OSCE this week! I cannot thank you and your faculty enough, the viva practice was invaluable and some of the OSCE stations were so similar it was uncanny!”

“Many thanks for your excellent course - I passed comfortably using the tips from your course. It was easily the most realistic and useful (out of 3) I went on and I'll definitely be recommending it to trainees in my region.”

Black Country Anaesthetic Courses: The Primary Primer

Dates:See website for dates
Address:Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 2HQ
Web Site:

The Primary Primer is an intensive 2 day course aimed at Trainees about to start their revision for the Primary FRCA

After discussions with trainees who had successfully passed the primary, they informed us that some subjects are variably taught and poorly understood. We have therefore designed a course, which uniquely will be taught in small groups, to cover these harder topics - electricity, pharmacokinetics, statistics and many more. Basically, things we wished we'd had explained to us before we started work.

This course had been successfully run annually since January 2010 and has always been extremely well received. 100% of candidates have stated that they would recommend the course to a colleague. It is ideal for candidates about to start revision for their first attempt or for those resitting who need to expand their knowledge base.

Please note this is not a practice MCQ course but a knowledge giving course designed to help trainees embarking on their revision by teaching the difficult subjects well. Full details including a provisional timetable and application form can be found on the website.

Places strictly limited

"good range of topics - lots covered."

"friendly faculty not at all intimidating"

"some entertaining speakers who explained difficult topics well"

"complex topics well taught"

"Light hearted - made a dry subject more interesting"

"Excellent, well taught, interactive and passionate"

Bristol Intensive Primary (BIP) Course

Dates:See website for future dates
Address:Burwalls, Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol, Avon BS8 3PD
Web Site:
Description:BIP in an intensive Primary FRCA exam preparation course that takes place in the week prior to the clinical exam. It is a Bristol based version of the very successful South Coast Intensive Primary (SCIP) course. The main focus of the course is exam technique, maximizing the marks you get for the knowledge you already have.

The course is split over 2 days, the first a day of tutorials and demonstrations aimed at commonly occurring topics. The second day is a mock exam day; conditions are as close to actual exam conditions as possible. Each candidate will face the equivalent of 2 full OSCE exams and 2 full SOEs of both Clinical/Physics and Pharm/Physiology, each candidate will also observe a further 2 full sets of SOEs.

‘Very good course: content/practice opportunity. Thank you’
‘Excellent 2 days. Thank you all for your hard work in organizing this.’
‘Great Course.’
‘I really enjoyed the course.’
‘Excellent course. Great opportunity to practice and learn.’
‘Very useful handout. Very good course.’
‘Excellent. I would recommend it highly. Good number of candidates.’

Burton OSCE Course

Dates:See website for course dates
Address:Queens Hospital Burton, Belvedere Road, Burton-On-Trent, DE13 0RB
Tel:01283 566333, Extension 4138
Web Site:
Description:A full day of Primary FRCA OSCE practice.

Course structure and layout as in the RCOA exam.

Two OSCE cycles of 16 stations each

Consultant Anaesthetists as examiners

High fidelity simulation stations as in RCOA exam

One to one feedback of all stations

Video feedback session

Video links of your performance (pre and post feedback) in select stations will be sent to you confidentially

Course Fees: £ 130 (Includes Lunch and refreshments)

Places strictly limited to 16. Book early to avoid disappointment!

For registration form and next course details, please visit the website:



Carol Butler and Julie Ashfield,

Anaesthetic Secretaries,

Tel: 01283 566333, Extension 4138 or 4152


Well organised and stations very similar to those I experienced in the actual exam

“Excellent feedback sessions and practical advice to improve OSCE technique”

“Run-through of stations felt like real OSCE. Lots of practice.”

“Friendly and approachable organisers. Good cohort of volunteers”

“The individualised and very timely feedback was very helpful. Well organised and run on the day.”

“Best setup I have experienced. Very `real` feel”

“Personalised feedback. The video session was very good”

Darent Primary FRCA OSCE practice course

Address:Surgical Admissions Unit, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, Kent, DA2 8DA
Tel:07717 442264
Description:Following the immense success with the Final FRCA Viva Revision Course, we have started and successfully run the OSCE practice day and Primary Viva days for the Primary FRCA candidates.

OSCE - This is a one-day OSCE practice course including 3 cycles (12 stations each) followed by an elaborate interactive explanation and expert individual feedback on performance.

There are two small group tutorials on difficult OSCE topics such as anatomy, radiology and simulation training to prepare candidates for the primary OSCE.

Course restricted to 13 candidates to provide a more realistic and intense exam simulation.

Dates: 8th October 2016; 7 January 2017

VIVA - Informal days with ‘how to answer’ session at the end of questions. We have received excellent feedback in all our past courses.

Date: 5th & 6th October 2016; For 2017 dates, contact course organiser nearer the time 

Cost: OSCE - £100.00; Viva - £40.00 per day

Cost includes hot lunch and refreshments.

Dr Bobby Krishnachetty
Consultant Anaesthetist
Tel: 07717 442264

"Very good, as realistic as possible".
"Very enthusiastic faculty, very organised, cheerful and welcoming".

"Good stations mostly consultant led".

"Good range of stations, mostly consultant led, realistic, great and enthusiastic faculty-thanks!, Good refreshments".

"Good run through of the exams".

"Good format and good feedback".

"Practice of multiple stations, anatomy and x-ray overview were excellent - good value for money".

"Three sets-variety of questions, pizza !!!"

"Very good anatomy and x-rays sessions - could do with more time for that!"

"Lots of stations, excellent remedy faculty, lots of good feedback".

"Many stations, good experience, value for money and good food".

"Well organised, examiners are very approachable, learning tips were handy".

Ealing Hospital Primary FRCA Viva Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Ealing Hospital, Uxbridge Road, Southall, UB1 3HW
Tel:02089 675328
Description:Put your books down!!
You have read them cover to cover too many times



2 long days of intensive viva and OSCE practice, covering all aspects of the Primary FRCA by experienced faculty.

Includes breakfast, lunch and ongoing refreshments

1st and 2nd October 2011


Details & Application Forms:

Dr Leena Ali e-mail: 

Vivas overall good, friendly staff Second day: OSCEs no relation to real exam, most are unmanned.

Edinburgh Viva Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Department of Anaesthesia, Western General Hospital Edinburgh, Crewe Road, Edinburgh EH4 2XU
Tel:0131 537 1652
Web Site:
Description:Intensive Primary FRCA viva course

“Building on 10 years of success...”

This new course is designed to help anaesthetists who are preparing for the Structured Oral Examination (SOE) of the Primary FRCA. Candidates will be examined in small groups and in paired vivas by tutors from our very successful local course, now available to all.

I found the course very helpful indeed. 11 realistic viva practices each, in pairs therefore you experience 22 vivas in total. Viva'd by registrars and consultants. Good feedback. Friendly faculty and lots of food provided including massive, yummy curry! Worthwhile, useful course and fun group of people.

Engaging and entertaining faculty. Plenty of opportunity to practise viva technique with a mixture of registrars and consultants (at least 10 vivas) Troubleshooting sessions covering particularly challenging concepts.
Thoroughly recommended!

I enjoyed this course. Everyone was very friendly. Lots of food, especially good were the caramel rice crispy cakes. The questions were of a good standard and difficult increased nicely on the second day. Viva questions  were 7.5min long allowing more in depth questioning, which I thought was beneficial.

FRCA Primary – Scientific Principles of Clinical Anaesthesia

Dates:13, 14, 17 and 18 January 2022
Address:University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Tremona Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 6YD
Tel:+44 (0)1962 718502
Web Site:
Description:This clinical-topics course (held twice a year) is designed to assist training or non-training doctors preparing to take the Primary FRCA examination. Delegates will receive didactic and interactive lectures. Interactive learning through sessions is strongly encouraged, especially sessions which concentrate on areas previously identified as particularly difficult by past trainees.

Guys & St Thomas' Hospital Primary FRCA MCQ/SBA Course

Dates:Please see website for next course dates
Address:St Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7EH
Tel:020 7188 0653
Web Site:

5 day course, Monday to Friday.

Aimed at candidates sitting the upcoming Primary FRCA MCQ/SBA.

Those attending the Guys & St Thomas' Hospital Primary FRCA MCQ/SBA Courses have a 82% pass rate when sitting the Primary MCQ/SBA, compared to the official Primary MCQ/SBA pass rate of 53%.

Courses run approximately 4-6 weeks preceding each sitting.

Intensive MCQ/SBA practice under exam conditions, followed by small group discussion. Entire breadth of syllabus covered.

Limited places.

Lunch / tea and coffee breaks with refreshments provided. Central London location with good transport links. St Thomas' Hospital is in zone 1 and is within walking distance of major underground/railway stations (Waterloo and Westminister).

‘Intense week - has shown me how much work I need to do. Good practice.’

‘Worked hard! More hours than I would have worked on my own.’

‘My knowledge and understanding has definitely improved’

‘Harder than RCoA Masterclass’

‘Excellent – A good learning experience and covered a multitude of topics’

‘Fantastic exposure to large number of questions’

‘Good opportunity to do volume of questions. It has significantly redirected my learning and strategy’

London 2015 Primary FRCA MCQ/ SBA Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS
Web Site:
Description:The format of the course has been designed to ensure that you leave the course fully prepared and confident to pass the forthcoming Primary FRCA MCQ/ SBA Examination.

The course covers the major topics of the Primary FRCA with particular focus upon many of the areas commonly found difficult by the students, aiming to provide a true representation of the actual exam in line with the syllabus.

You will be participating in a program consisting of two intense days packed full of essential tutorials, practice of 300 MCQs and 70 SBAs questions specifically formulated to help you identify areas where you may require further improvement, and explanation sessions to develop your skills and techniques so that you are ready to tackle the most challenging of topics.

You will be assisted over the three days by our enthusiastic and knowledgable faculty who are keen on providing you with the teaching you need to succeed.

The dates of the course have been carefully arranged with your exam dates in mind to ensure that you have enough time to bridge any gaps in your knowledge in order to avoid any unnecessary last minute stress or panic.

We operate on a strict 'Limited Places Policy' to ensure that you get close attention to your learning needs.

You will be given constant feedback of your progression and be able to measure your performance with that of your peers.

We have pledged that for every place booked onto this course £10 will be donated to the King George's and Queens Hospitals Charity.

Cost: £270

Avoid disappointment and book your place now as there are limited spaces available. 

Course fees include morning coffee, breakfast and lunch, course material and handouts.

Reading of relevant anaesthetic material prior to the course is a prerequisite. 


MOSCE-TO: Mastering the OSCE - Transforming Outcomes

Dates:Go to for an up to date events schedule
Address:Online and In Person
Web Site:
Description:MOSCE-TO courses are designed for you!

We met at an FRCA course a couple of years ago and struggled with the Primary - sitting the OSCE/VIVA a total of 5 times between the 2 of us (and attending many courses!). We know what it takes to pass and having sat both the online and in person formats we know what examiners are looking for! We believe that the path to success requires not just practice, but an ability to cover core curriculum areas.

If you are a candidate needing SUPPORT through the Primary FRCA then this is the course for you - we don't just do full mock OSCE practice, we also hold workshops on individual stations and coach you through!
Our OSCE stations are continually changing to reflect the current Primary FRCA.

100% satisfaction rate

100% would recommend this course to a colleague

98% achieved their learning outcomes

Places are highly competitive and we encourage early booking to avoid disappointment!

Follow our social media to find updates, tips and more!




From your Course Directors: Yusra Qamar and Aleesha Jethwa

"Fantastic practice OSCE, really useful for exam and definitely have benefited a huge amount from this"

"I find the mock absolutely terrific and helpful. Just want to say thank you again!"

"Practice in real-time OSCE. Invaluable practice and would highly recommend"

"Really good course with lots of crossover to the real exam"

"The format of the course was pretty much on point with regards to the actual exam I had"

"Very good, well organised, good stations, good practice, friendly examiners"

"Honestly it was excellent, more than I expected"

"Thank you for organising this course. Really helpful! Appreciate it!"

"Well organised and paced well. Good exposure to exam like environment"

Regarding radiology workshops taught by Radiologist:

"Really high yield session - jam packed with useful information"

"Very well structured and thoughtful content from a doctor with evident knowledge and expertise"

"Very good clear information"

"Excellent session, good recap"

North Middlesex FRCA course

Address:Learning centre, North Middlesex University Hospital, Sterling Way, London N18 1QX
Tel:0208 887 3810
  • OSCE- full day course on the pattern of RCoA exam 
  • MCQ - 3 hours mock test on pattern of RCoA exam – 30 SBAs and 60 MTF 
  • Marking on the pattern of RCoA 
  • Experienced faculty in conducting exams and courses 
  • Individual feedback on performance for OSCE 
  • OSCE courses are restricted to limited candidates to provide more realistic exam simulation. 
  • Primary or Final SOE viva on RCoA pattern with individual feedback


Primary OSCE /SOE - 13 Jan 2018 and 28 Apr 2018
Primary MCQ – 3 Feb 2018
Final MCQ/SAQ – 17 Feb 2018
Final SOE – 02 Jun 2018

Cost: £25–75
Cost does include hot lunch and refreshments.


Dr Angukumar Thangamuthu
Consultant Anaesthetist
Tel: 07915063907

Jacqueline Ward
Administrative Assistant
0208 887 3810

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Northampton General Hospital, Northampton, Primary FRCA OSCE/VIVA Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Cripps Post Graduate Educational Centre, Northampton General Hospital
Web Site:

Next Course: 19th April, 2012: OSCE Day
20th April, 2012: SOE / Viva Day Maximum - 24 candidates only

Course Outline:

• This 2-day course is designed for the candidates taking the next exams in the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
• Day 1: OSCE practice only
Small group discussions dealing with the difficult aspects of OSCE stations like simulators, ALS & BLS practice
Separate practice OSCEs - 16 stations, simulating exam conditions, with feedback / advice
• Day 2: SOE or VIVA practice only
• This offers practice & training in OSCE & VIVA techniques, including:
• Individual VIVA practice simulating exam conditions & feedback/advice
• Small group tutorials, dealing with the difficult aspects of SOE like statistics, graphs & equations, with improved teaching & tips taken from previous course feed back

Fees: £180 for both days.
£120 for each day if candidates want to apply only for SOE or OSCE separately.

This is a non-residential course. Tea and coffee breaks with refreshments are included and a buffet lunch will be provided.      

For further details: please visit

To request your application & information pack, ?Please email: your name, email address & contact telephone number

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Northwick Park Primary FRCA OSCE & VIVA Course

Dates:Held twice yearly; contact course organiser for details
Address:Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, HA1 3UJ
Tel:+44 (0) 20 8864 2254/2251
Web Site:
Description:A one-day course for candidates preparing to sit the OSCE and SOE components of the Primary FRCA exam.

• Full 18 station mock OSCE.
• Two full VIVA sessions in College exam format.
• Individual candidate feedback
• Key anatomy & emergencies revision.
• Tips from College examiners.

Limited places available – book early to avoid disappointment.

Lunch and refreshments provided. Easy access from central London, with good Met line underground links.

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Oxford Primary FRCA Course

Dates:23-26th January 2017
Address:The Departmental Administrator, The Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, The University of Oxford, The John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU
Web Site:

The Oxford Primary FRCA Course consists of 4 intensive days of lectures, covering the vital parts of the exam syllabus, with the main focus being on preparing for the MCQ/SBA part of the exam. The course is updated annually in response to candidate feedback. The limited number of places ensures you are not lost in a huge lecture theatre. As well as covering physiology and pharmacology, our particular strengths are physics and clinical measurement. These subjects are responsible for the failure of most candidates who are unsuccessful in the examination. We know from feedback from previous courses that participants have welcomed the expertise of our enthusiastic faculty which includes academic staff as well as expert NHS consultant teachers from the Oxford School of Anaesthesia: this combination reflects the profile of the Primary FRCA examiners. A huge file of educational material is provided to all candidates. The course is held St Anne’s College in the centre of Oxford: an ideal setting for an academic week. The course includes lunch each day, and a Course Dinner.


I] I did the Oxford course in 2014 and found it a great help. I went on to pass the exam first time. A few friends of mine also found it good. It is 2 weeks of lectures, with a fairly informal MCQ paper each day. They try to concentrate on topics that have caught people out in the past. They are especially good at physics and equipment because that appears to be the main sticking point. They offer a further free one day intensive OSCE and Viva course to those sit the main course and then pass the MCQ.

II] Nuffield Dept of Anaesthetics, Oxford Primary FRCA course (Feb 2015)

I found this course invaluable in my preparation for the April 06 Primary. Two weeks of lectures from practising anaesthetists with special interests in the various topics pertinent to the exam, was an ideal set-up. There was MCQ practice on each day and an invitation to viva and OSCE practice for those successful in the MCQ. A number of the topics covered came up verbatim in my viva. I managed a 2+ in every component of my primary and I'm convinced that the Oxford primary course made all the difference.

onExamination’s Primary FRCA Exam Revision

Address:Our revision resource can be accessed online at:
Tel:0207 874 7335
Web Site:
Description:onExamination is a leading provider of online exam revision resources and has supported over 167,000 medical professionals with their exam preparation. Our FRCA Primary exam revision resource offers quality questions written by our editorial team who have extensive experience in question writing and exam setting. Questions are pitched at the appropriate level of difficulty and mapped to the Basic Level Training Curriculum from the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Our revision resource gives you feedback on your performance, identifying your strong and weak areas to focus your revision. Detailed explanations, links to further reading, peer comparison and mobile access.

Cost: 2 months access - £41.00, 3 months access - £51.00, 4 months access - £62.00, 5 months access £72.00 or 6 months access - £82.00

Go online and try our FREE questions today:

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PROPA (Peninsula Revision of Primary Anaesthetics)

Address:Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE, UK
Description:If you are planning to undertake the RCoA Primary FRCA viva, this course is for you!

What is included?

1) Three full viva examinations tailored to the RCoA Primary viva examination. Examination is by experienced faculty from the Southwest, including some RCoA examiners.

2) Masterclass tutorials on difficult topics (e.g. physics, pain medicine).

3) Small group interactive sessions on a range of topics

The course is held in the renowned and beautiful grounds of Buckfast Abbey (

A delicious two-course buffet lunch, along with two refreshment breaks with snacks, is also provided.

Dates: Within 4 weeks of the exam.

Price: £150.

The course is limited to twelve delegates, so please apply early.

If you have any questions or are keen to attend, please contact:

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Queens Primary FRCA OSCE Course

Dates:Please see for up to date details
Address:Education centre, Queen’s Hospital, Romford Valley Way, Romford, Essex. RM7 0AG
Tel:0796 0490767
Description:Queen’s Hospital Romford will be running a full day primary FRCA OSCE preparation course twice a year for the September and May sittings of the exam. During the course, there will be two full 16 station circuits under realistic exam conditions in addition to relevant lectures as well as tips on exam technique by FRCA primary examiners and recently successful candidates.

Individual feedback will be given on performance and mark schemes provided for stations based on those in the real exam.

Full syllabus covered (resuscitation, technical skills, anatomy, history-taking, examination, communication skills, anaesthetic hazards, radiology).

Cost: See website

Lunch and refreshments through the day provided as well as any necessary handouts.

Contact Pooja Shah or Emma-Jane Smith at or on 0796 0490767 or visit

‘Fantastic range of scenarios and some good learning tips to go away with. Thank you so much.’

‘Good OSCE circuits, felt like an accurate representation of the exam’

‘Good organisation. Friendly examiners. Useful.’

Royal College of Anaesthetists Scottish Standing Committee Primary FRCA Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Perth Royal Infirmary, Perth, PH1 1NX, UK
Tel:01382 632175
Fax:01382 644914
Registration Fees

Full week, Monday – Friday £225
Tutorials/Viva Practice, Tuesday – Friday £200


If you cancel your place on this course you will be refunded the whole amount (less an administration fee of £35.00). The College will not give any refund if notice of cancellation is ten working days or less.
All refunds are at the discretion of The Royal College of Anaesthetists

Please return your application form to:

Mrs Gill Grimshaw
Department of Anaesthesia,
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
Dundee DD1 9SY

Telephone: 01382 632175
Fax: 01382 644914

Please make cheque payable to: The Royal College of Anaesthetists

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SCIPY Course: An intensive Primary FRCA exam preparation course

Dates:See SCIPY website for course dates and application timetable
Address:Ramada Encore Hotel, Whinby Road, Dodworth, Barnsley, S75 3LF
Web Site:
Description:SCIPY in an intensive Primary FRCA exam preparation course. It is a Northern based version of the very successful South Coast Intensive Primary (SCIP) course which has now been running for more than ten years with fantastic results.

The 2-day course is designed to give essential help for the OSCE/SOE day of the exam. It concentrates on exam technique, looking at commonly occurring exam questions and practice, practice, practice.

The first day is spent preparing candidates with a series of tutorials, workgroups and practice sessions aimed at improving their exam technique in a constructive, non-threatening manner. These sessions are in small groups of 4-8 candidates with plenty of opportunity for interaction. These sessions include commonly occurring topics, a resuscitation refresher and those topics which are generally poorly taught including statistics and communication for exams.

The second day of SCIPY is all about practice. The group is divided into 2 with one group practicing OSCEs in the morning and SOEs in the afternoon and the other group vice versa. This is a chance to use the skills you have learnt on Day 1, to show how much you have improved and to consolidate your knowledge. We aim to have College examiners with us on the course as they provide valuable insight into the exam process and are highly skilled in showing areas that need more practice before sitting the exam for real. Candidates will do 2 full OSCEs and 2 full SOEs. They also get the chance to observe 2 full SOEs.

''Excellent organisation - enthusiastic faculty - top-level practice for real thing''

''Very close to the real thing, gives you a feel for what it will be like and how questions will be asked."

''awesome - such good practice under very lifelike conditions''

"The idea of arriving in exam-day dress and formalising as much as possible is a masterstroke"

"To complete TWO full sets of SOE and [two] 16- station OSCE is a real accomplishment by the faculty and much appreciated by me as a candidate (especially a week before the real thing) - so sincere thanks''

"After SCIPY I believed I can do this!"

South Coast Intensive Primary (SCIP) Course

Dates:See SCIP website timetable
Address:New Place Management Center, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, SO32 2JH, UK
Web Site:
Description:SCIP is an intensive exam preparation course, that takes place in the week prior to the clinical exam. The main focus of the course is exam technique, maximizing the marks you get for the knowledge you already have.

The course is split over 2 days, the first a day of tutorials and demonstrations aimed at commonly occuring topics. The second day is a mock exam day, conditions are as close to actual exam conditions as possible. Each candidate will face the equivalent of 2 full OSCE exams and 2 full SOEs of both Clinical/Physics and Pharm/Physiology, each candidate will also observe a further 2 full sets of SOEs.

Each candidate is assigned a mentor, who will be available during lunch, tea-breaks and immediately following the course in the evening for feedback and advice. They will collect feedback about their candidate from each section of the course and pass on constructive comments. They are approachable and will help with any difficulties encountered on any section of the course.

"I want to say a big thank you again for your help in passing the exam. The personal support given to all the candidates is very inspiring!"

"Exam conditions gave it a sense of realism. Excellent"

"Very useful-one on one training"

South Coast Primary FRCA Revision Course: OSCE and Viva Day

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Postgraduate centre, Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Rd, Worthing, East Sussex, BN11 2DH; Audrey Emerton Building, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, East Sussex
Tel:01273 696955 ext 4796

You will be exposed to a max of 16 OSCE Stations. The VIVA sessions will be conducted in pairs. Immediate debriefing is provided.

Friday 4th May 2012
Postgraduate centre, Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Rd, Worthing,
East Sussex, BN11 2DH

Friday 21st Sept 2012
Audrey Emerton Building, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 5BE

Registration fee: £100.00

For further info contact:
01273 696955 ext 4796
Department of Anaesthesia,
Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

Limited places, booked on first come basis!!
Dress code: smart (as per exam)

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South West Intensive MCQ Course

Dates:See website for upcoming dates
Address:Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Northwood Ln, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EG, UK
Web Site:
Description:This course has been designed by trainees for trainees.

Courses run throughout the year prior to each MCQ sitting – please contact via email or see our website below for upcoming dates.

Cost: Please see our website or contact us via email for up to date prices

Our venue is the beautiful Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre in Devon and the fee includes an amazing two course lunch and plenty of coffee.

The course consists of three days each focusing on one of the key areas of Physics, Pharmacology and Physiology. Each day consists of a mixture of lectures, exam condition MCQ sessions followed by a Q+A session for facilitated group learning. SBA sessions at the end of each day help familiarise candidates with the exam techniques required to tackle these tricky questions.

The course will provide you with three days of solid revision with no distractions, just you and your learning group.

There are only 12 places available to optimise your learning experience, so book your place now!

For further information please contact us via the email address above, or you can also follow the link above to see our website with more information on what to expect on the course, an example daily timetable, feedback from previous candidates, and information on the venue and where to stay.

"Made me aware of the areas I needed to improve on"

"Lovely location, great food, friendly faculty"

"Amazing pharmacology lectures. Really simplified difficult concepts"

"Great to have lots of practice under exam conditions and to monitor my progress"

"Good value for money"

UCLH Primary OSCE Course

Dates:5th May 2017
Address:UCLH Education centre, 250 Euston Road, London.NW1 2PU
Description:1 day intensive course:

Exam style OSCE stations with feedback.
Anatomy tips and tricks
Excellent Feedback from last years' course.
Places limited.

Great value:

£30 for Central School Trainees
£50 for External Candidates

Email to secure place

Organisers: Dr Claire Frith & Dr Sarah Chieveley-Williams

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University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, Primary FRCA : MCQ Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Clinical Sciences Building, Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, CV2 2DX
Web Site:
Description:This is a three-day course of intensive MCQ practice for candidates sitting the Primary FRCA exam. The course will involve intensive MCQ practice in physiology, pharmacology, physics and clinical measurement. There will be a three-hour test paper on day three, and candidates will receive feedback on their performance. All MCQs will be analysed and answers will be discussed. This course provides an excellent opportunity to learn the techniques for answering MCQs.

“well organized and useful course” “ useful tips on technique” “ good variety and range of questions” “ good practice for time management”

University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, Primary FRCA OSCE/VIVA course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Clinical Sciences Building, Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, CV2 2DX
Web Site:
Description:This two-day course is intended for candidates appearing for the primary FRCA examination. Day 1 This will include 18 OSCE stations during the morning session. The afternoon session will include viva practice on physiology, pharmacology, physics & measurement and clinical anaesthesia. Candidates have an opportunity to receive complete feedback on their performance in both the OSCEs and viva elements of the day. Day 2 This will include tutorials, group OSCE, VIVA practice and critical incidents on a simulator. There is also an opportunity for individual feedback and to revise the skills and knowledge of BLS and ALS.

"“excellent value for money” “ positive experience for me” “ feed back was excellent, very informative” “ everything was useful”

"It was excellent Viva/OSCE practice with great tutors.The stations were well equipped with Sim-man, anaesthetic machine etc.Good feedback.Relevant stations covered based on past exams.All very well organized.Well worth the money!"

Wexham Department of Anaesthesia Intensive Primary OSCE / Viva Course

Dates:Contact course organiser
Address:Postgraduate centre, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 4HL
Tel:01753 633 195

One-day course including:

• Two 18-station OSCEs
• VIVA practice with recent questions
• Friendly, informal atmosphere but examination standards
• Communication, resuscitation and examination stations
• Catering, hot lunch

Numbers are limited to 12 places. Please book early.

Courses run 3 times a year; please contact us for more information.

Cost: £125 or £70 for half-day.

“Very good faculty who are very knowledgeable and friendly.”

“Has really clarified where the gaps in my knowledge are.”

“Very realistic actors. Excellent in helping me focus my revision.”

“Superb value for money. Would recommend to everyone.”

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