Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK

The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (Federation) is a collection of three professional bodies (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and Royal College of Physicians London) which aims to improve the quality of patient care by continually raising medical standards.

The format of the Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) is based on the MRCP(UK) model and features:

  • Best-of-five format with clinical scenarios
  • Two three-hour papers of 100 questions each

Additional features are:

  • One annual diet per specialty
  • Electronic test taken on a computer at a testing centre

Trainees in the UK will sit the SCE in their specialty in the penultimate year of their specialist training. It is envisaged that international doctors will sit this exam either after having obtained MRCP(UK) or as they near the end of their training.


Before using this site to schedule your test, you must first have registered with the SCE Department at the Federation and received email confirmation of your eligibility to sit the SCE. If you have not done this, you will not be able to schedule your test by this or any other means. For more details, please visit the SCE website.

Scheduling Information

Scheduling to sit the SCE in the UK

Candidates will only be able to schedule their test during the relevant booking window. Candidates who register an application before the relevant booking window opens will receive their confirmation of eligibility on the day the window opens. Candidate registering an application after the booking window opens will receive their confirmation of eligibility within 48 hours of completing their application.

After you have received your confirmation of eligibility from the SCE department, and if you wish to sit the SCE in the UK, you may schedule your test either online or by telephone.

Scheduling to sit the SCE outside the UK

Please note that, if you intend to sit the SCE outside the UK, you should not use this page to schedule your test.  Candidates sitting outside of the UK will be notified of their test centre directly via email. This confirmation will come no later than three weeks before the event.


Please note that any subsequent cancellation of your test must be conducted through the SCE department.

Last updated 2015-01-26