FRCR Part 1 (Oncology) - CO1

FRCR examination updates

Our examination updates address any changes made to our FRCR examinations:

Purpose of assessment

The First FRCR Examination expects candidates to have acquired a broad knowledge of those subjects that relate to the investigation and management of patients with cancer. Candidates are examined against the Clinical Oncology curriculum. A new curriculum is being implemented from summer 2021, with all trainees expected to transfer to the new curriculum by August 2022 at the latest. Further details are available on the curriculum webpages. 

Trainees sitting the First FRCR examination in 2021 should refer to the 2016 clinical oncology curriculum and appendix 2, which gives further details of the topics that may be covered in the exam. They should also refer to the current version of the drugs list, which provides guidance on the drugs that may be covered in the clinical pharmacology module

Trainees sitting the First FRCR examination in 2022 should refer to the 2021 curriculum and additional guidance for the First FRCR examination. They should also refer to the current version of the drugs list, which provides guidance on the drugs that may be covered in the clinical pharmacology module.

The First 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.

The First FRCR Examination comprises four papers of single best answer (SBA) questions. The written papers for the four subjects are held twice a year over two consecutive days. Further general information on the examination shows in the guidance notes for candidates. 

Before you apply 

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