First FRCR Examination

Important COVID-19 guidelines

Please ensure you have read the 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.

How to apply

Online application for the autumn 2020 sitting is now open. The closing date for applications is Friday 24 July at 16:00.

Please read the information specific to the autumn 2020 sitting and the examination regulations before applying. 

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The First FRCR Examination expects candidates to have gained a knowledge of the physical principles that underpin diagnostic medical imaging and of the anatomy needed to perform and interpret radiological studies. Candidates are examined against the Specialty Training Curriculum for Clinical Radiology. The purpose of assessment statements for anatomy and physics detail both components purpose, the required level of candidate training and the application of results. It is hoped that the statements 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 two modules: anatomy and physics. Further general information on the examination is available in the guidance notes for candidates.

Anatomy platform

From spring 2018 the anatomy examination has been delivered on a new digital platform in a larger number of venues. Further information on these changes is available in the anatomy automation FAQs. Candidates should familiarise themselves with the platform via an instructional video and accompanying demonstration site prior to attempting the examination.

Dates, fees and venues

The examination is normally held in March, June and September each year. The autumn schedule for 2020 examinations is available.

Candidate resources

Sample MCQ questions and answers and a copy of the answer sheet for the physics component are provided, as are instructions for candidates to follow during the examination. Anatomy examination advice is also available.