FRCSEd (OPHTH) in OPHTHALMOLOGY PART A
GUIDE TO CANDIDATES
The standard of Part A of the Fellowship Examination is satisfactory foundational knowledge in
sciences and optics related to ophthalmology.
The Syllabus clearly defines the areas covered by the examination and is carefully adhered to by the
There will be one multiple choice question paper of three hours.
The questions will be SBA (single best answer) type questions. Each question will comprise one stem followed by four statements.
You are required to identify the “single best answer” response – only one of the four statements is “true”.
The MCQ Examination will test factual knowledge.
The standard of the examination will be set using the modified Angoff technique, with no negative marking. This means that the pass mark will be decided before the examination by a panel of examiners, and will be slightly higher if the paper is judged to be relatively easy and slightly lower if the paper is judged to be relatively tough.
As there will be no negative marks for incorrect answers candidates will not be penalised for guessing answers.
The paper will cover:
Basic sciences related to ophthalmology
Optics, refraction and methods of clinical examination
Notification of results
Examination results will be posted on the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh website,
www.rcsed.ac.uk normally within one month of completion of the examination.
Please go to the relevant courses in our web pages for the courses in Basic sciences related to ophthalmology and Optics & Refraction.
After you register, you will be able to access the lessons.