Update on future sittings of the RCA

12 August 2020

With the July RCA complete, and the August diet soon to conclude, I am pleased to now be able to share further clarity around timings for the RCA in November, and to confirm further sittings of the RCA for next year.


Dates for RCA applications and submission of consultation recordings have now been published on the RCGP website as follows:

  • Apply via website: between 22 September and 23 October
  • Deadline for submissions: 9 November
  • Assessment period: 11-27 November
  • Results published: 3 December

As you can see, we have brought forward the booking window, and will be keeping it open longer, to enable trainees to gather more consultations once booked on the exam, and having access to the FourteenFish platform. 

There will be no deanery prioritisation for this diet.

2021 dates

There will be three windows in which to take the RCA between February and May 2021.

We want to give trainees as much notice to plan your year as possible and these are outlined below in the table.

We will provide more information around booking windows once this has been agreed.

  February 2021 March 2021  May 2021 
Submission date  28 January  10 March  5 May
 Results published 19 February  9 April  3 June 

Post written by

Dr Michael Mulholland, Vice Chair (Professional Development)

Michael Mulholland is a GP at Unity Health, a five-site practice for 22000 patients across the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire border where he has practised for nearly 20 years.

He also works for Health Education England with roles in GP training, quality Improvement and workforce planning. At the RCGP, he has been part of the GP at scale programme and a GP Forward View Regional Ambassador.

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