The FRCR Part IIa examination takes place in June and December. This consists of two single best answer MCQ papers sat in the same day. A successful ARCP outcome is dependent on passing this exam.


StRs spend six months at either UHBristol or North Bristol Trust (Southmead), and six months at a peripheral hospital outside Bristol. Whilst at Southmead, attachments in neuroradiology and breast radiology are usual. Whilst at UHBristol, it is normal to spend three months in paediatric radiology. During this year, trainees will be working towards achieving all core competences of the RCR curriculum.

Targets for the Year

There are strict targets which must be achieved if an StR is to pass seamlessly through their ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression) into the next year. These are specified in the RCR Curriculum, and can be found in the 'WBA, e-portfolio and ARCP menu on the left. The targets include Radiological Competencies, Generic Competencies, DOPS and Mini-IPX. The main exception from the minimum standards is that we expect each StR to complete a minimum of two mini-IPX and 2 DOPs every three months during modular training. In practice it is anticipated that most StRs will complete more than two of each.

On Call

Third year StRs perform on-call duties in their base hospital with the exception of those training at RUH Bath who perform on-call duties in Bristol.