Primary FRCA

Primary FRCA Exam Teaching & Courses

Departmental Primary FRCA Teaching
This should be taking place in your local hospital (virtual or face to face). Primary FRCA teaching sessions are coordinated in each hospital by the consultants below, please contact them if further details are required:
-ABUHB, Wednesday mornings. Sessions are a mixture of virtual and face to face at the Royal Gwent Hospital. Contact is Dr Dan Helme,
-Swansea Bay, Wednesday mornings. Sessions are face to face at Morriston Hospital. Contact is Dr Tim Green,
-Wrexham Maelor, Wednesday afternoons. Contact is Dr Ruth Viles.
-Ysbyty Gwynedd, Wednesday afternoons. Contact is Dr Emyr Huws.
-Ysbyty Glan Clywd, Rhyl. Contact is Dr Nia Williams.

For further information about the Primary FRCA, please see this presentation by Dr Haitem Maghur.
The primary FRCA exam webinar by Dr Haitem Maghur

All Wales Anaesthetics Basic Sciences (AWABS)

AWABS is a regional teaching programme and is currently organised by Dr Mark Burtonwood (Consultant Anaesthetist Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend). The programme has returned to a face to face/hybrid format. In-person attendance is encouraged and an MS teams webinar link will be available for those unable to attend in person. The full programme of dates can be found here. Dates and organising hospital are shown below. More details about the AWABS programme can be found here.

  • 28th November 2023 - UHW, Cardiff

Some AWABs lecture content is archived as video lectures below:





Anaesthetic Equipment & Safety



SWAC - Primary FRCA Anaesthetic Course

This course is held 3 times each year, just prior to the Primary SOE/OSCE sitting. This is a face to face course which provides the chance to practice SOE and OSCE questions with Consultant Anaesthetists. Candidates will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and feedback. Doctors attending SWAC should have achieved their written exam by the course date and be imminently preparing for the OSCE/SOE. Priority will be given to candidates who are registered to attend the exam sitting immediately following the course.

The next South Wales course will be held on 11th Jan 2024 at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport. For further information please contact Dr Chris Whitfield at You will find the booking link below; places are booked on first come first serve basis therefore book early to avoid later disappointment. The fee for the course (one or both parts) is £60.

NWAC - North Wales Primary FRCA Anaesthetic Course

The North Wales Primary VIVA & OSCE day will be held at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on 12th January 2024. This is a face to face course, organised by Dr Claire Halligan and is £50 for the day. If you would like more information or book a place, please email

Cardiff Q

This is a course aimed at trainees who are pre-primary. The course serves as an introduction to the Primary FRCA, what to expect and how to best prepare for it.

The course will include:
• Focus on exam technique and revision strategy
• SBA paper and discussion of answers
• Tricky Topics - breakdown of difficult concepts

Teaching by, and opportunity to chat with recent successful applicants of Primary FRCA. Lunch and light refreshments included.

The most recent course was held on 21st April 2023. Details of the next course and how to sign up will be advertised here in due course.