Clinical oncology curriculum

Clinical oncology curriculum 

Training curricula for all specialties and subspecialties are being rewritten in line with the GMC’s 'Excellence by Design' standards for postgraduate curricula. These standards aim to improve the flexibility of training and move away from the 'tick box' approach of previous curricula. They also hope to produce curricula that will better support patient, professional and service need, as set out in the Shape of Training Report, by focussing on generic professional capabilities. These broader skills are required by doctors across all medical specialties to produce safe and effective patient care.

A new curriculum for clinical oncology that meets these standards has been conditionally approved by the GMC (final approval is pending).  The new curriculum has been developed through close working with colleagues in medical oncology and includes a common first year of training, known as the oncology common stem (OCS).  All trainees, except those due to CCT before September 2022, are required to transfer to the new curricula by August 2021.

More details on the clinical oncology curriculum and support for implementation can be found using the links below.



Clinical oncology curriculum 2021

Information about the curriculum for clinical oncology training


Implementation tools

Resources and guidance to assist in the implementation of the 2021 curricula


Kaizen e-portfolio

The RCR's e-portfolio system records evidence of competence progression through training



Workplace-based assessment, examinations and ARCP decision aids for the 2021 curricula 


Key documents and resources

Clinical oncology curriculum key documents and resources


Clinical oncology curriculum feedback

We welcome any feedback you have about the 2021 curriculum


Clinical oncology curriculum FAQs

A list of frequently asked questions 


Clinical oncology curriculum 2016

Previous versions of the clinical oncology curriculum, including the 2016 curriculum