Final FRCR Part A Examination

Important COVID-19 guidelines

Please ensure you have read our latest statement on COVID-19 and RCR examinations before applying for or attending an examination. Should any candidate feel unwell or display symptoms they should not attend the examination.

We recognise that many trainees will have missed out on training time. For the next sitting of the Final FRCR Part A examination we are relaxing our normal requirement for completion of three years of training. The existing guidance allowing acceptance of two years and six months in exceptional circumstances will apply to all candidates. However we don’t encourage any candidates to take examinations for which they do not feel prepared, and we recommend discussing your readiness with your educational supervisor if in any doubt. See our advice on how decisions on progress for UK trainees will be made in the absence of examination evidence. 

How to apply

Online applications for the autumn 2020 sitting are now closed.

Applicants should read the information specific to the autumn 2020 sitting and ensure they meet the entry requirements by reading the examination regulations before applying online.


The Final FRCR (Part A) Examination expects candidates to have a wide knowledge of malignant disease and the management of patients with cancer. The main emphasis is on radiotherapy and drug therapy, but a good knowledge of general medicine, surgery and gynaecology is expected. Candidates are examined against the specialty training curriculum for clinical oncology and the clinical oncology syllabus. The Final FRCR (Part A) Examination comprises two papers of 120 single best answer (SBA) questions. Further general information on the examination is available in the guidance notes.

The Final FRCR Examination purpose of assessment statement details the examination's purpose, the required level of candidate training and the application of results. It is hoped that the statement will assist candidates, and those involved in their training, in understanding the scope of the FRCR examination and with relating the examination to other in-training assessments. 

Dates, fees and venues

The autumn schedule for 2020 examinations is now available

Dates and contact information are available for the joint examination for the Fellowship of The Royal College of Radiologists and the Hong Kong College of Radiologists, held in Hong Kong in the Autumn.

Examination resources

Examiners regularly review the Sample SBA questions and candidate reference sheet for use during the examination. A copy of the answer sheet is provided, along with examination instructions which candidates are expected to follow. 

The Oncology Registrars' Forum (ORF) have prepared advice for candidates from trainees who have already sat the examination. Generic examiners' reports are available as a guide to candidates and trainers preparing for future sittings of the examination.

From 2018, the Final Examining Board suggests that candidates prepare for the examination using TNM version 8. The examiners are, however, aware that previous versions remain in common use around the country and will generally use questions where trainees more familiar with TNM version 7 are still able to answer the questions successfully.