The next sitting of the FFICM Final OSCE/SOE is currently due to take place on Friday 19 March - Monday 29 March 2021 (excluding weekends). The application window for the next OSCE/SOE sitting will open on Monday 4 January 2021, the deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 25 February 2021.                  


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You must pass the MCQ before you can apply for the OSCE/SOE. The MCQ is valid for three years.

The objective of the OSCE section is to test knowledge and skills essential to the safe practice of Intensive Care Medicine. The OSCE consists of 13, seven minute stations with a one minute reading time between stations.  All stations must be attempted, there are no 'killer stations' and negative marking is not used. There are 12 'live' stations (marks count towards the final mark) and one station used for validating new questions (the test station). Neither the examiners nor the candidates will be made aware of the test station, therefore all 13 stations must be approached equally.  The examination draws questions from four different areas, Data, Equipment, Professionalism and Resuscitation.  Questions will be selected to ensure a wide area of the curriculum.

Each station is marked out of 20 with the assigned question pass mark (called the Angoff score) for each station being determined by the Examiners before the examination, using the Angoff Referencing method. The Angoff scores for each of the 12 'live stations' are summed to obtain the pass mark for the whole examination.

At the first sitting the OSCE and SOE components must be taken together.  If a candidate fails one but passes the other component, then only the failed component needs to be retaken.  If a candidate fails both components then they must be retaken together.

Bookings are now CLOSED


Paper applications will not be accepted.

  1. Eligibility: The detailed rules for eligibility can be found in the FFICM Examination Regulations 
  2. Disclosure of information: Under the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, the information provided on this form and your examination result may be processed and passed to examiners, your ICM Regional Advisor, ICM Training Programme Director, Postgraduate Dean, employer, etc. for legitimate purposes connected with your training. If you are registered or anticipate being registered with the GMC then your personal data, including data about your exam results, will be passed to the GMC if applicable. This passing of data is for quality assurance and research purposes and to facilitate the awarding of certificates of completion of training (CCTs). The GMC will use the data for its own research and for any research as part of the UK Medical Education Database (www.ukmed.ac.uk). Data held in UKMED will only be disclosed to third parties in accordance with the UKMED Research Process and therefore it will not be possible for researchers to identify your data. All data will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and the RCoA/GMC Confidentiality and Data Sharing Agreement.
  3. Adequately prepared for this exam: Applications received by the College will be accepted as an indication that the applicant is adequately prepared for the examination applied for.
  4. All FFICM Final OSCE and SOE examinations are conducted in English: Where a candidate’s first language is not English, the College recommends that an applicant’s  communication and written skills in English are at least equivalent to the level at which a doctor could successfully pass the PLAB (Professional Linguistics Assessment Board) tests or at a level where they would expect to gain an average score of approximately 7.5/9 across all bands of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
  5. Secure pay link: You will be directed to a secure pay link to pay your exam fees via the online booking system. Should you experience any difficulties with this, please do not hesitate to contact us


  1. Before the closing date: You can withdraw before the closing date and receive a refund less a small admin charge. You must advise the FICM dept of your intention to withdraw via email to contact@ficm.ac.uk
  2. After the closing date: You can withdraw after the closing date. This will not count as an attempt. Refunds are not normally given after the closing date unless it is a reason beyond your control such as illness or family bereavement. If this is the case, then you must contact the FICM department and state the reason(s) for withdrawing and include a confirmtion from your ICM Regional Advisor that they support your withdrawal. Refunds are not given for lack of preparation.  

Documentation for your exam entry and results

  1. Admission notice: You should receive an email from the RCoA’s Exams Department, confirming you are booked onto the exam around 5 working days after the closing date of the exam. The email will confirm the timing of your exam and your email address will be the unique identifier on the online platform.
  2. Results: All candidates will be e-mailed directly with their FFICM examination results by the date and time published on the Results pageFeedback will be provided to candidates in the form of a ‘results letter’ which will provide you with a more detailed breakdown of your scores. No further breakdown is available. This will be                   e-mailed within 21 working days of the release day of results.
  3. Guidance interviews can be requested after your second unsuccessful attempt at the FFICM OSCE and SOE exam. If you would like a guidance interview please contact the Exams department via e-mail at exams@rcoa.ac.uk


Candidates must present photographic identification when registering for the exam. Please read this notice for more information. Hospital ID will NOT be accepted.


Examples of typical FFICM OSCE questions