The Course

Course Structure


Leedscrammer Final FRCA preparation courses are extremely intensive and are designed for people who regard themselves as ready for a successful attempt at the Final FRCA exam. Both the SAQ/SBA/MCQ and the SOE components of our courses are designed to create environments that mirror exam conditions and are the closest thing to the real exam you can get!

Candidates should not apply thinking that the course is a substitute for thorough preparation – we bring the expectation that presentation is of equal importance to submitted content on the grounds that it displays both economy and clarity of thought.

Course Structures

We currently offer 2 courses which are normally run twice a year. Due to the unprecedented nature of COVID-19 and the extra VIVA examinations put on by the college, we are offering an extra VIVA course to assist candidates getting through the exam.

1. CRQ/ SBA/ MCQ Course

As outlined in the timetable above, this is a 3 day course which gives candidates chance at answering 2 full CRQ examinations and 1 full SBA/MCQ examination as well as multiple shorter sessions with half papers and sessions on question planning/ layout and CRQ/SBA/MCQ discussions.
Comparison between the August 2010 Curriculum and the previous version demonstrates that the syllabus information has been little changed. We constantly update the question bank for each course to reflect the evolving style of exam questions however, in particular recognising the increasing prevalence topic areas that are not strictly anaesthetic in their nature. We do not expect questions, for example, on hand-washing to disappear. While stressing technique in presentation throughout each day the amount of content areas covered is considerable and every question will be covered in feedback sessions led by the faculty.
The feedback sessions are highly interactive utilising Mentimeter™ as well as radio-frequency student response system available;CPS Spark™. eInstruction’s CPS™ and Response™ software offers an easy-to-use anonymous interface that makes it simple and intuitive to compare and contrast your progress throughout the course.

2. Viva Course

After listening to recurrent themes in our feedback we have now extended our very popular and oversubscribed Viva course to 2 days. It is extremely intensive and involves a mixture of Viva sessions and group workshops as can be seen from the timetables above. All aspects of the SOE are covered and candidates will get multiple attempts at exam condition Viva’s from Consultants and Senior Registrars. As can be seen from the picture below this is the closest thing to the real exam as you can get and the examiners have set marking schemes to follow which mirror the actual FRCA format. We provide a unique feedback system with advice and comments on every Viva the candidate does and this can be taken away at the end of the course to help focus the revision in the time leading up to the examination. Candidates will constantly rotate around and thus get to experience various styles of Viva as well as gaining experience and pointers from the examiners.

COVID-19 Update: Due to social distancing regulations and the fact the Royal College is running the SOE examinations virtually, we decided to run the VIVA course virtually, and spent a considerable amount of time and effort creating our very popular and successful VIVA course online. All aspects of the course are included and once again we very proud to have created a perfect exam like experience which mirrors the college process and allows candidates to test their home environments and virtual VIVA techniques. Please see below the latest feedback from the November course.


The Studio, Leeds
Situated at the heart of the city, just a hop, skip and jump away from all major transport links: thestudioleeds sits on the 7th and 8th floor offering 11 vibrant event spaces and stunning panoramic views of the city and countryside beyond. Guests also have direct access to a balcony where they can take in the view whilst enjoying some fresh Yorkshire air.

A link to the facilities may be followed here.


The Studio Leeds
Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 4AW

thestudio is located in the Riverside West building, directly where Whitehall Road crosses the River Aire and less than a 10 minute walk from Leeds Station. Our nearest main car parks are both are less than a minute’s walk from our building.

By Rail:
Leeds station is less than 10 mins walk away. Train times and fares can be found here
Walking from Leeds Station, along River Aire – 10 mins
To exit the station follow the signs for “Car parks, Aire Street, Pick up point”
At the exit turn slight right and cross over the road, passing in front of the large glass building with steel columns. Follow the path in front of the building, ahead of you will be a series of steps leading down to the riverside walk. Once you are on the riverside follow this pathway for several minutes, passing a series of large buildings on your right. The path then passes alongside a pay and display car park. Continue straight on along the riverside walk until it becomes slightly narrower and curves back towards the main road. You will now be alongside our building and you will find the ground floor entrance to thestudio on your right hand side.

Please note, the riverside route does involve a flight of steps and is not suitable for guests with wheelchairs or mobility issues.
Walking from Leeds Station, along Whitehall Road – 10 mins
To exit the station follow the signs for “Car parks, Aire Street, Pick up point”
At the exit turn right, crossing the road and keeping the large glass building on your left hand side. Follow the pathway as it slopes alongside a sectioned concrete wall keeping Princes Exchange on your left. Continue along Aire Street past a number of Victorian red brick buildings, until its crossing with Whitehall Quay where there is a pedestrian crossing and Aire Street becomes Whitehall Road. You will then pass by a series of modern buildings on your left, including the Novotel hotel. Continue on the pathway until you reach the Citipark car park on your left. Riverside West is the final building you will see on your left. You will find our entrance at the far end of the building on your left (just before you reach the bridge) it is signposted thestudio…

Our nearest car park is Citipark at 7 Whitehall Road (postcode LS1 4AW) which is around a minute walk from our building. On exiting the car turn left on Whitehall Road. You will see our building (Riverside West) ahead of you, it is the last building on the left before the bridge. Our entrance is on the ground floor and signposted thestudio…
Please note Citipark only accept payment by credit/debit card. There is also another car park opposite at Wellington Place, we suggest you compare the tariff for both to check which most suits your needs
Being located in the city centre our recommended car parks can fill very quickly. We advise you take this into consideration when planning your journey and arrive early, as your first choice car park may not always be available. Further car parking is available at Leeds Rail Station, NCP Wellington Place or by consulting
By Road
Via the M621, exit at Junction 3 and follow signs for the City Centre. Take the second left hand turn onto Globe Road. At the end of Globe Road turn right onto Whitehall Road, the studio is on your right at this junction, Citipark parking in 100m further on the right.
By Bicycle
Covered cycle racks are located behind secure gates and there is a shower available on our floor for the use of studio guests. If you’re arriving by bicycle then please let us know and we will confirm arrangements to you.
Staying over?
If you’re looking for overnight accommodation in either of our cities we’re happy to make recommendations.
Disabled Parking
We have limited onsite disabled parking, contact us to confirm arrangements.


The Studio has achieved a Bronze Food For Life Catering Mark. This means all the food is freshly prepared on site by their chefs to the highest of standards, using seasonal vegetables, ‘red tractor’ meat, eggs from free range hens and no additives or trans fats so they meet the government guidelines for food and nutrition.
Example menus can be found here: here.
(If you have any special dietary requirements, please inform us via e-mail once you have registered)

Cancellation Policy

Please read carefully:
Please note that we have to inform the venue about delegate numbers and pay for catering two weeks prior to each event. In addition, our courses get booked up early, which means that late cancellations prevent other prospective candidates from attending.

Up to two weeks before the course: Full refund subject to an administration charge of £20

Delegates cancelling after this date will be liable to pay the full course price unless Leedscrammer considers there to be exceptional circumstances that would warrant a refund or rebooking on to a later course.

Current Faculty

Dr Matt J Simpson – MBChB FRCA

Matt Simpson is a Consultant Anaesthetist at St. James’s University Hospital.
Lead anaesthetist in Obstetric anaesthesia and advanced vascular access. Chairs the Clinical Information and Outcomes Group. He is an Innovation champion for West Yorkshire and Humber and inventor of a new regional anaesthesia delivery system as well as having interests in thoracic and ophthalmic anaesthesia. Recently taken Leeds Crammer to Hong Kong to assist the Society of Anaesthetists of Hong Kong with exam training.


John Adams is a Consultant Anaesthetist working at the Leeds General Infirmary. He has an interest in Neuroanaesthesia and Intensive Care having completed an assistant Professorship at the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland USA. He was the principle organiser of the West Yorkshire and Humberside Final Fellowship Preparation (FFP) course. John has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Law and Ethics from the University of Manchester and has recently been appointed as a Medicolegal Adviser to the Medical Protection Society.

Dr Andrew Lindley – FRCA MMedSci(anaes)

A Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Neuroanaesthesia and Regional Anaesthesia. He has completed an Assistant Professorship at Harbor View Medical Centre, Seattle. Andrew has long track record in medical education both as an ATLS instructor and teaching on the West Yorkshire and Humberside Final Fellowship Preparation (FFP) course and the Leeds Regional Anaesthesia Course.