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FRCS (General Surgery) Starter Course | Higher FRCS

Virtual Event Virtual Event

The FRCS Section 1 exam is renowned for its difficulty, often leaving candidates feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin. We are here to provide guidance and support, helping you navigate through the challenges of this exam. Our aim is to assist you in getting started, practicing questions, and mastering the necessary techniques and...

£55

Intensive Mock FRCS (Tr & Orth) Course | ORUK & Orthopaedic Academy

This course is delivered in partnership with Orthopaedic Academy and Orthopaedic Research UK; and is designed for candidates taking the part 2 FRCS (Tr & Orth) examinations or equivalent, and consists entirely of mock viva and clinical stations. It will provide you with the opportunity to refine and test your knowledge, practice your exam technique,...

£100 – £250

Hand and Wrist FRCS (Tr & Orth) Revision Course | ORUK

London London, United Kingdom

This course caters to candidates preparing for the FRCS (Tr & Orth) exam and trainees in the early stages of their training seeking to enhance their knowledge and viva experience in hand and wrist surgery. It stands out for its exclusive focus on exam preparation, offering precise terminology and essential concepts crucial for success in...

£275 – £375

Luton FRCS (Tr & Orth) Clinical and Viva Revision Course | ORUK

Luton & Dunstable Orthopaedic Centre 641 Dunstable Rd, Luton

Enrol in a comprehensive revision course meticulously tailored for individuals preparing for the FRCS Tr and Orth exams.Features include clinical mock viva sessions and intermediate & short cases.Course Highlights:

£200

About FRCS Exam Courses

If you’ve already smashed your MRCS exam and have your sights firmly set on becoming a consultant, the FRCS exams are your next stop. Because the exams are a thorough and tough assessment of the candidates, most of the time, students seek out additional help. This help comes in the form of FRCS exam courses that can greatly improve your chances of nailing the test.

Do you want to do your best and bag the win? Then keep on reading more about these courses. 

What are the FRCS Exams? 

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, or FRCS, is a two-part examination you need to take if you’re considering the surgery pathway.

Once you’ve cleared the FRCS in a particular speciality, you can practice as a surgeon in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. 
You can sit for this exam in the vicinity of the UK/Ireland or outside of these regions as well. For further details, click here.

The exams consist of the following:

FRCS Section 1

This is a multiple-choice written examination that tests a candidate’s theoretical knowledge in their chosen speciality and core topics in general surgery. This examination is usually divided into two papers taken on the same day.

FRCS Section 2

This oral and clinical examination assesses a candidate’s ability to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life surgical cases.

The format of the Part B examination can vary by speciality, but it generally consists of a combination of oral (viva) examinations, clinical examinations, and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

What Specialities Need to Take the FRCS Exam?

Here is a list of some common surgical specialities and the FRCS exams they need to take:

  • FRCS Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) papers
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE 
  • FRCS General Surgery
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) papers
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE 
  • FRCS Neurosurgery
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) papers
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE
  • FRCS Ophthalmology
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) papers
  • Part 2: OSCE
  • FRCS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) papers
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE 
  • FRCS Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) paper
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE 
  • FRCS Paediatric Surgery
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) papers
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE 
  • FRCS Plastic Surgery
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) papers
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE 
  • FRCS Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) paper
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
  • FRCS Urology
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) papers
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE
  • FRCS Vascular Surgery
  • Part 1: Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) papers
  • Part 2: Viva/OSCE 

Do I Need to Go on an FRCS Course? 

It totally depends on you. 

If you think you’re weak in OSCEs, then you can go for FRCS OSCE courses. Similarly, if you need help with the theoretical part, you should pick courses that will help you improve in this particular area. 

Generally speaking, candidates find OSCEs tougher than written exams which is why most of them go for FRCS courses centred on the viva. They target areas like patient management, communication skills, clinical skills, ethics and professionalism that can help you score better in the real exam.

How Much Do FRCS Courses Cost? 

There is a wide variety in price from £500 to £3,000 for FRCS (Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons) courses. Several factors contribute to the price variation, among them being:

  • Costs for courses will vary depending on the instructor’s experience, accessibility, and demand for their services.
  • Costs may vary depending on the length of the course as well as the amount of material covered.
  • Fees for in-person classes could be more than those for online ones due to factors like rent for the classroom and food for the students.
  • Course prices vary by region, with those in big cities likely being more expensive than those in smaller communities or the countryside.
  • The cost of specialised training courses may vary depending on the intricacy and demand for a certain surgical subspecialty. 

Before opting for an FRCS course, consider all these variables and make your final choice.

Conclusion

Doing well on the FRCS (regardless of the speciality) can be challenging. Therefore, you need to prepare thoroughly in order to score well. FRCS courses can help you with this goal because they ensure that your preparation is top-notch. 

Little details you might’ve missed, or things you find difficult to understand are all made easy – thanks to the multiple FRCS courses available. Ask around, read it up online, research and pick the best course to ace your exam!