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Yes. We are constantly identifying new topics that are being tested in the exams, as identified by candidates taking the exams, and ensure that our course material is updated accordingly. It is important to point out that The Birmingham Course does not have access to the questions that appear in the college exams, and they are the copyright of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The themes identified by candidates taking the exams are provided under “Themes from previous exams” under each papers.
No. All of the scenarios in the course are original and where possible have been based around previous candidates anecdotal recollection of scenarios they faced in the exam.
No. All examiners correctly respect college copyright and examination regulations. They provided guidance on approaching these original scenarios based on their specialised clinical and academic experience whilst also clarifying their own expectations of a candidate facing these original scenarios. No exact details of previous questions or constructs were sought or required. Our driving philosophy is for you to pass the CASC by improving your clinical acumen with presence, compassion and adaptability. Not by question learning!
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Please use the Free Trial. If you are able to view the videos and tutorials smoothly you won’t have any problems viewing the rest of the course as long as you’re using a similar internet speed. A minimum connection speed of at least 1.5Mbps is advised and you must ensure to use the latest version of your browser.
It is recommended that before subscribing you have suitable seniors to provide you with individualised feedback on your performances during your revision. Additionally, you must find a positive and enthusiastic study group with which to practice. Decide how long you wish to revise for and plan to cover all of the modules during this period. We usually recommend starting with the specialties you have not yet covered or find the most difficult followed by the more familiar modules later in your revision to reduce stress and improve confidence as the exam approaches. Each video is accompanied by a relevant tutorial which you can view as many times you wish until you feel familiar with their content. Practice the scenarios with your seniors, study group and where possible in clinical situations. 
Our Paper A & B courses have been designed to help you revise smartly based on Evidence based revision principles with feedback at the heart of the course. There are three main ways of revision. 1. Under the Topics section, we provide notes for each topic, BOFs and EMIs, along with provision to test yourself on each topic using a 20-20 test (20 questions in 20 minutes). 2. There are timed tests you can choose to take, with your selection of number of questions and the time limit. You can select whether to take all questions in the particular paper, or questions you are yet to answer or the questions that you have previously answered incorrectly. 3. The question themes from previous exams are available for you to test your exam preparedness. Mock exams for Papers A & B will be provided to test your exam readiness, and also to help you identify your strengths and weakness on the topics in each paper. We suggest that you start with topic-wise revision, first with reading of the notes, followed by the questions (BOFs and EMIs), and then testing yourself on the the particular topic by taking a 20:20 test on that topic. Use the timed tests during times when your concentration is flagging and after you have completed revision of all the topics. The themes from previous exams and Mock exams are helpful during later stages of revision. Of course, you are free to choose any order that you may find helpful. The CASC course is an exhaustive resource with videos and tutorials on any station that you can think of. The coverage of the stations and topics is exhaustive with videos of a Senior Psychiatrist doing the station with a role-player followed by a video of detailed tutorials of how to approach that station and what are the key skills and competencies that need to be displayed to get a pass in the actual exam.
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All of the lecture notes used in the audio-visual tutorials are available for download in their relevant section. You can then print out the relevant ones you wish to go through personally or in your study group. Please download the lecture notes for the relevant free-trial videos in the Free Trial section for examples.
Tutorials can last anywhere from 8 minutes to 1 hour. The tutorials follow a standard structure going through suggested structure, potential phrases, relevant core clinical material and possible alternate scenarios. Each tutorial is also accompanied with a contents listing to enable you to access relevant parts of the tutorial quickly. Please take a look at the Free Trial section for examples
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Station videos last around 7 minutes reflecting the exact time candidates receive in the MRCPsych CASC exam. Each of the videos also display a countdown timer to guide on interview pace with additional visual commentary to demonstrate suggested interview structure. Please take a look at the Free Trial section for examples.
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Yes. We believe that preparing to pass the MRCPsych CASC actually starts at the beginning of core Psychiatry training.  Candidates who are already ‘unconsciously competent’ in their interview skill always stand a much higher chance of passing the CASC in their first attempt as their skills are already adaptable to the pressure situations that commonly occur in the CASC. It can be more challenging to ‘un-learn’ poor interview technique as you progress later in your training. Additionally, doing this whilst also learning the clinical content for the CASC inevitably makes preparation and performance much more stressful. As a study tool this course provides a varied exposure to the baseline standards of psychiatric interviewing and clinical knowledge expected in the MRCPsych CASC. It will allow you to accelerate the development of your own interview style so it is already natural and adaptable before you prepare for the exam.
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This course is specifically geared for the MRCPsych CASC. However, as other international exams do use a similar OSCE format you will find the content relevant. Please take a look at the Free Trial videos and tutorials to ensure the content meets with your own training curriculum.
We have built a reputation for being friendly, flexible and accommodating and we are quite proud of this. Please feel free to contact us through the course administrators if you have any concerns/complaints/suggestions. We will address any issue you may have as soon as possible. We understand the considerable anxiety that exams cause and we will do everything we can to help. Just Ask!
In the past students from our course have won the College’s Laughlin Prize and they have been invited back to teach. You don’t have to win a prize though - if you have the time and would like to contribute to psychiatric education please contact using our email: admin@birminghamcourse.co.uk. From time to time vacancies in our teaching and writing group come up and we will contact people who have shown interest.
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Courses are available for Paper A, Paper B and CASC. In addition, we provide mock exams for both Papers A and B in the run up to the exams. We will shortly be providing weekend face to face courses for Papers A & B and CASC. Our Papers A & B online courses and Mock exams have been hugely popular over the years for the relevance to the college exams, the concise yet excellent explanations, the evidence base behind our answers and the detailed notes.
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The Birmingham Course is the ORIGINAL evidence based revision course, which has been providing classroom based and online courses since 2003. Our question bank has been collated over a number of years and has been revised constantly based on the topics being tested in the college exams. The question bank is probably the largest question bank and is constantly growing. Each question has a detailed answer and reference. All our references reflect the current knowledge base. Our course notes are the most comprehensive and updated revision material available for MRCPsych exam. We have introduced a CASC video course, which has more than 125 videos of a senior UK trained Consultant Psychiatrist practising the stations with role-players and then providing detailed feedback on the key elements of the station with the essential skills and competencies required to pass each of the stations.
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