FRCR Part 1 (Radiology) - CR1

Important COVID-19 guidelines

Please ensure you have read our latest statements on COVID-19 and RCR examinations before applying for or attending an examination. If you feel unwell or display symptoms you should not attend the examination. Social distancing rules and cleaning guidelines will be applied by each venue on an individual basis in line with government guidance and candidates should adhere to these.

June 2021 examination sitting update

Further to the cancellation of the March 2021 sitting of the First FRCR examination (Anatomy and Physics modules), and in the context of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, an online invigilation (proctoring) element will be introduced for both modules in June. This will enable candidates to sit both modules at a location of their choosing rather than attending an RCR exam venue. Candidates will need to ensure minimum software, a stable internet connection and an appropriate examination environment. Our third-party proctoring service – Examity – provides a computer-readiness check prior to the examination to enable candidates to check suitability of their set-up.

  • Software requirements (Physics module) 
  • Practique technical requirements (Anatomy module): will be provided shortly

March 2021 examination sitting update

In light of the current situation, we have taken the decision to cancel the First FRCR examination (Anatomy and Physics modules) planned to be held in March 2021. We know that many ST1 trainees have been or are likely to be redeployed, as well as knowing that trainees and trainers are under intense pressure at the moment and therefore, that preparation and training has been disrupted. The situation in the country and the NHS remains precarious and is likely to do so for some weeks yet. We have had a clear message from trainees and trainers requesting an early decision with this matter. We know that some trainees will be disappointed by this decision but hope that taking this step now will reduce levels of anxiety and stress, and allow a better plan for the next few months. The March 2021 sitting will not open for applications for the reasons stated above.

The planned sittings in June and September 2021 will go ahead. A further sitting will now be held on 18 and 19 November 2021 to ensure any trainees needing three attempts can be accommodated in this calendar year. We are also investigating the potential for these examinations to move to a 'remote proctoring' model of delivery which is not dependent on examination venues, but no final decision has yet been made on this. 


Purpose of assessment

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. 

Please direct any examinations queries to examinations@rcr.ac.uk or 020 7406 5905.


Dates, fees & venues

Find out about dates and fees for this exam

Venue details are available here


How to apply

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

Find out more about applying online.


Candidate Resources

Please familiarise yourself with the anatomy platform by viewing our instructional video and demonstration site before you attempt the examination. Please make sure you have read:

Sample MCQ questions and answers and a copy of the answer sheet for the physics component are available, as well as advice for the anatomy examination