FRCEM Primary Courses

FRCEM Primary Courses2018-11-07T13:03:21+00:00

About the exam

The FRCEM Primary Examination tests candidates knowledge of the key basic sciences that underpin the practice of Emergency Medicine. The exam consists of 180 single best answer questions (SBAQs) where the candidate must pick the one correct answer from the five possible answers to each question (often called ‘best of five’ questions). Passing this exam requires a broad and detailed knowledge of the basic medical sciences as presented in the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) Basic Sciences Curriculum, along with a sound understanding of how these relates to emergency medicine.

What We Offer

Learn in class

Our exam revision course aims to help candidates pass this very challenging examination. Practice exam papers containing SBAQ /’best of five’ questions 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 statistics/evidence based medicine – and all lectures and teaching materials updated to closely follow the RCEM Basic Sciences Curriculum. We have spread this course over three days providing the opportunity to focus your study and attend just one day or attend all three days. 

Day One: Anatomy and Microbiology
Day Two: Physiology, Pharmacolgy and Pathology
Day Three: Practice Papers and Question Reviews

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

Next Course: 14th – 16th November 2018, 1st – 3rd and 14th – 16th May 2019

Course Fee: 1 day £275, 2 days £495, 3 days £695

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

Course Times: 9.00am – 5.15pm


Study Online

The 32 webinars available have been recorded by our experienced faculty and closely follow the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Basic Sciences Curriculum to cover in detail the domains of knowledge required for the exam.
Advantages of our FRCEM primary webinar package include:

  • Over 30 hours of basic sciences lectures and practice questions
  • online access on a rolling month to month basis until cancelled
  • wider coverage of the curriculum than is possible on a face to face course
  • study in your own time and at your own pace
  • rewind and replay the recordings as many time as you want
  • streamed to your own computer or device wherever you are (internet connection is required)

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.



“A thoroughly enjoyable course which has given me a good grounding from which to start revising in earnest”


“Very helpful course and excellent revision aid. Great to spend 3 days dedicated to the exam and good to do practice papers. Supportive environment.”


“At the end of day 2 I feel empowered that I can pass this exam. Thank you to all the faculty”


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