FRCOphth Part 1 Revision Course

This intensive revision course covers the major topics of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists' FRCOphth Part I Fellowship and International Council of Ophthalmology's Basic Science assessment.

Course Overview

The FRCOphth Part 1 Revision Course has been running at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) for the last 20 years by academics from UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital and other leading ophthalmic centres. This four-day online intensive revision will consist pre-recorded lectures delivered by world-renowned academics with vast experience in providing pastoral and practical guidance to students. The course will also feature live Q&A sessions throughout the four-day period between 5:00pm and 7:00pm so that delegates will be able to discuss the lecture topics directly with the lecturers.

Course Structure

Pre-recorded lectures will be available from Friday 19th March 2021 and will cover many of the topics which are likely to come up in the exam. These lectures will remain available for 14 days after the end of the course. Recorded versions of the live lectures will be made available, ensuring students can still participate if they are unable to attend all of the live lectures.

Delegates are expected to access the various presentations, as well as attend virtual live Q&A sessions based on specific areas of the science to enhance learning and participation. All delegates who have registered for the Part 1 exam will have access to some past papers via the RCOphth website, which will allow them to check which topics are likely to be covered.

We endeavour to keep track of students’ exam success levels and we adhere firmly to the topics listed on the RCOphth website as covered in the exam. However, we cannot cover all topics in this revision course. This course allows students’ access to the ophthalmic researchers for more in-depth detail, as well as more recent developments in the topics, as well as the opportunity to ask those experts any questions arising from their lectures.

Who is this course for?

This course aims to provide the fundamental science knowledge required to support ST1 Ophthalmology trainees in preparing for their Royal College of Ophthalmology (RCO) Part 1 exams, held 3 times per annum. The course is also suitable for those learners intending to sit the International College of Ophthalmology (ICO) course attracting a number of applicants from overseas.

Featured Topics
  • Biology of the cell
  • Nervous system and vision
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology
  • Optics and theoretical refraction
  • Anatomy of the head and neck
  • General physiology
  • Microbiology
  • General principles of pathology
Benefits of attending

Upon completion of the course, delegates will improve their knowledge base, be able to identify any weaknesses or gaps in their knowledge, gain confidence with their refreshed knowledge and have live virtual sessions with experts around specific areas.


A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.


In order to access the programme online, you will need access to a computer (laptop or desktop) with a webcam and microphone. You will also need access to a free zoom account and a stable broadband connection. We also strongly recommend that you access the programme in a quiet environment.


Booking for this course is via the UCL website - please read the information about the course fees below before clicking through to book.

Start Date 22/03/2021 - 25/03/2021
Duration 4 days

Course fees


Great lecture and interaction. Enables us to apply our knowledge of anatomy to clinical cases. - Luke M.

Taught by


Prof Virginia L. Calder

Virginia L. Calder, Ph.D is a Professor in Ocular Biology at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. She is a Departmental Graduate Tutor in the Faculty of Brain Sciences, and has many years of experience in providing practical and pastoral care. She has supervised more than 30 undergraduate laboratory-based projects, as well as several students undertaking MSc, MD and PhD studies. Virginia has published over 75 papers in peer-review journals and 15 book chapters. She is the Director of four UCL Masters Modules: Ocular Immunology; Translating Science into the Clinic; Research in Practice; Basic Science for ophthalmologists.