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. If you are wishing to attend teaching outside of your health board, you will need to contact the relevant consultant in advance and agree this with them.
-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 is now being run in a virtual-only format. 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.

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 cost is a £60 flat rate for the day (OSCE/SOE or both).

The next South Wales course will be held on Thursday 24th October 2024. This is a single, whole day, face-to-face course being run in the Royal Gwent, Newport Friar's Education Centre. This course is a dress rehearsal for the exam and so is aimed at candidates imminently sitting the exam. Places usually go very quickly and are limited so please book early to ensure you don't miss out. The cost is £60 flat rate for the day.

Booking link can be found here SWAC Booking

NWAC - North Wales Primary FRCA Anaesthetic Course

The next course will run on 24th October 2024.
For further 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 will be delivered by recent successful Primary FRCA candidates, with plenty of opportunity to discuss topics and seek advice from them. Lunch and light refreshments included.

The next Cardiff Q Course for the Primary MCQ/SBA will be held in Autumn 2024. at HEIW, Nantgarw.