FRCEM Primary Courses2020-11-18T14:13:40+00:00

What is the FRCEM Primary Exam?

The FRCEM Primary Examination tests candidates’ knowledge of the key basic sciences. To pass the exam you will need to be familiar with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Basic Science Curriculum. The exam consists of 180 single best answer questions (SBAQs) where the candidate must pick one correct answer out of five potential others. For more information visit our About the Exams page.


FRCEM Primary exam preparation

In person FRCEM Primary exam revision course

Our in person exam preparation course aims to help candidates pass this challenging examination. Practice exam papers will be completed throughout the duration of the course and we will give a series of exam focused lectures from our experienced and knowledgeable faculty. All the important domains of knowledge are covered – anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, microbiology and more. All lectures and teaching materials updated to closely follow the RCEM Basic Sciences Curriculum.

The course lead, Dr Ian Stell, is a retired Emergency Physician with a strong interest in basic sciences (PhD/MD holders) and has been teaching the RCEM Basic Sciences curriculum for over 12 years. Other faculty have previously included Professor Harold Ellis (author of ‘Clinical Anatomy’), Dr Robert Whitaker (author of ‘Instant Anatomy’).

The courses will be offered both in class and lived streamed online. You can choose your attendance preference on the product page. 

What you get on face to face course

  • Printed copies of course resources
  • *Online access to course resources
  • Access to the course recording
  • Face to face interaction with tutors

What you get on the live streamed course

  • *Online access to course resources
  • Access to the course recording
  • Ask questions live
  • Interact with other candidates, share links to resources and information through the chat
  • The benefits of the full course in the comfort of your home
  • Save in travel and accommodation

Next Course: 11th – 13th May 2021 and 25th – 27th May 2021

Course Fee: £545 online and £695 in person

Venue: St Olav’s Court, 25 Lower Road, Canada Water, London, SE16 2XB

Course Times: 9.00am – 5.30pm


*Resources will be made available through Mimeo Digital. Downloads and printing is restricted

Online FRCEM Primary exam revision course

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With premium login you can access all our webinars and study at a time that suits you. These have been recorded by our experienced faculty and closely follow the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Basic Sciences Curriculum required for the exam.

Advantages of our FRCEM primary webinar package include:

  • 33 webinars which cover over 30 hours of basic sciences lectures and practise questions
  • Wider coverage of the curriculum than is possible on a face to face course
  • Study in your own time and at your own pace
  • Pause, rewind and replay as many times as you like
  • All content now also available on our handy app so you can take it with you on the move

We have given a great deal of thought to this package and believe that it covers the overwhelming majority of subjects likely to be encountered in this exam, and that it sets out the material in a way that can be readily understood and learnt from.

Download our app today to browse our resources and get access to a range of free resources including lectures covering upper limb anatomy, head and neck anatomy, gastrointestinal physiology, pathology and haematology.


Subscription is on a rolling month to month basis until cancelled. You get access to the whole package covering FRCEM Primary, SJP, Intermediate SAQ, MRCEM part C OSCE and level 1 ultrasound theory.

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FRCEM Primary Exam Dates

The next sitting of the FRCEM Primary exam is Thursday 3rd December 2020. The results will be published on 22nd January 2021.

For further dates visit our Exam dates page or the Royal College of Emergency Medicine website


“Excellent course; effectively covers a lot of ground and I’m sure will have made my subsequent revision much easier.”

FRCEM Primary, May 2019


“Useful overview, flagged gaps in knowledge, triggered memory of concepts.”

FRCEM Primary, May 2019


“Well organised, great faculty, online course material also extremely useful.”

FRCEM Primary, May 2019


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