FRCR Part 2A (Oncology) - CO2A

FRCR examination updates

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

Purpose of assessment

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. Please note that for candidates who are eligible and wish to apply for the Final FRCR (Part B) examination at the same sitting of the Final FRCR (Part A) examination, they must apply within the corresponding application date. Once the results of the Final FRCR (Part A) examination are published, the sucssesful candidates will be asked to pay for the Final FRCR (Part B) examination accordingly.  

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. 

Before you apply 


Dates, fees and venues

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How to apply

Applicants should ensure they have read the examination regulations before applying.

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Candidate Resources

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.