THE course …
SCIP is an intensive exam preparation course that takes place in the weeks prior to the clinical exam. The main focus of the course is exam technique, maximising the marks you get for the knowledge you already have.
The course is split over 2 days. The first day is spent preparing candidates with a series of interactive tutorials, workgroups and practice sessions aimed at improving the exam technique in a constructive, non-threatening manner.
The second day is a mock exam day; conditions are as close as possible to the actual exam. Each candidate will sit the equivalent of 2 full exams (2 OSCEs and 2 SOEs) as well as observing 2 further SOEs.
Each element of the course includes feedback, usually after each element as well as at the end of the course.
SCIP is held at Legacy Hotels New Place which offers a professional business setting (very different from a hospital setting) such as you will encounter at the Royal College. This has the added convenience of being within 12 miles of Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester, with easy access from the M3, M27 and via Southampton Airport.
There is hotel accommodation onsite in a modern suite separate from the main house where the course runs. This suite includes a range of hotel services. For more details see Accommodation below.
If you live some distance away, you will need to organise your own accommodation. We do not do this for you. Wherever you stay, you need to be able to get to the venue for 8am on both days of the course.
The SCIP course venue (see Location above) has its own accommodation facilities. There are 110 rooms, many ensuite, as well as a gymnasium, sauna, an indoor swimming pool, a bar, a restaurant and a bistro. Whilst the rooms at New Place are relatively expensive (typically £70-90 per night), it is obviously convenient as you will have a slightly more leisurely start to the day. To book directly with New Place please visit their website.