Final FRCR Part A Examination (2A)

The 2A exams are notoriously difficult exams and before the new exam was introduced in December 2017, this was a stumbling block for many trainees.

In December 2015, The Royal College of Radiologists announced that the FRCR 2A exam would revert from the six-module exam structure to a single examination, which was approved by the GMC in December 2016.

This change has been made so that trainees can focus on their clinical work without the continuous stress of revising for modular examinations, which were found to be a detriment to other aspects of training.

The first cohort of trainees will sit the new exam in December 2017, with the second exam sitting in June 2018.

Exam Structure:

  • 2 papers taken on the same day
  • 3 hours per paper
  • 120 single best answer questions per paper (40 questions per module)

Exam cost: £330



The questions will be selected from the current question bank however the RCR continuously update and improve the questions.

Each paper will cover a broad range of the core curriculum. Modules covered include:

  • Cardiothoracic and Vascular
  • Musculoskeletal and Trauma
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genito-urinary, Adrenal, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Breast
  • Paediatrics
  • Central Nervous System and Head & Neck

Both papers will contain a mix of questions from these 6 modules.

The pass mark and results issued relate to the one single exam – i.e you do not have to ‘pass’ both papers to pass the exam – it will be based on an overall percentage.

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