To pass the PLAB 1 exam, a combination of knowledge, MCQ technique and exam strategy (e.g. time management) as well as confidence is needed.
Doing MCQs on your own is fine but if you get a question wrong, while there may be a model answer to tell you what you got wrong, there is no way to identify WHY you got it wrong. There is no-one to look at your thought process and MCQ technique, to help you avoid the same mistakes in the real exam. That is where a coaching programme can make a big difference between passing and failing the exam.
Coaching enables a person to develop MCQ technique & exam strategy, as well as deepen their understanding of the subject matter (clearing any doubts by asking the teacher) and build up their confidence.
How the Coaching Programme Works
This is a 4 week intensive preparation programme, structured as follows:
Mondays to Fridays Login and watch the lectures on the learning dashboard. Practice MCQs from a reputable online question bank.
Note any questions that you may have for the lecturer and post these on the PLAB 1 Study Group (on Telegram). The lecturer will answer those that they feel are suitable for a Telegram based answer and will leave the rest for the live sessions.
Note: to help pace your studying, the lecturer will answer questions for a different subject each day (e.g. Monday – Cardiology, Tuesday – Respiratory etc.).
Sundays These are live sessions with the lecturer (they are full day programmes from 8am to 5pm). They will be intensive MCQ practices, covering all the topics and subjects of the week (e.g. cardiology, respiratory etc.). The sessions are focussed on MCQ exam technique and polishing off knowledge and understanding, clarifying any areas of confusion. It is your opportunity to ask questions.
Highlights of the Coaching Programme
Blended learning over 4 weeks, from senior UK consultants who have an excellent track record of helping candidates pass their exam on their first attempt (100% pass rate*, to date).
Flexible learning during the working week (Monday to Saturday), around your own work/personal commitments.
Personalised coaching during the weekends (Sunday) via small groups ensuring more support from the lecturer.
Covers all the subjects in the PLAB curriculum
Covers latest UK clinical guidelines (NICE, RCUK, ALSG, Royal Colleges)
Deepens knowledge and understanding of clinical medicine
Teaches how to reason through questions and successfully apply knowledge to MCQ questions
Develops MCQ technique
Improves exam time management and exam strategy
Become a better doctor!
Build up self-confidence
Study in a focussed way if you are short of time (e.g. as a busy mum)
Personalised tips given on how to maximise scores in the exam
Update your knowledge if you have been out of clinical practice
Priority placement on the PLAB 2 coaching programme*
* For those who attend the full PLAB 1 coaching programme
Mock Exams Day This is run separately, after each monthly batch complete their preparation programme. Mock Exams are only available to be booked by those who have done the full month’s coaching programme. There are two mock exams per Mock Exams Day.
The following is for illustration only. The actual programme may be modified at the discretion of the teaching consultant.
LIVE COACHING PROGRAMME: £250 per person
40 hours of in-person coaching from a Senior Lecturer / Consultant (including practice of thousands of MCQs under consultant supervision)
80 hours of online lectures and lecture slides, written and recorded by UK senior consultants/specialists
Access to the Centre for Health Education Study Group / Discussion Forum on Telegram, for the duration of the coaching programme
MOCK EXAMS DAY: £100 per person
Access to the Centre for Health Education Mock Exams (under proper test conditions to replicate the real GMC exam).
Number of delegates accepted per batch is strictly limited. This is because, if there are too many people, it is not possible to give personalised support to individual delegates.
No refunds are given if a delegate should withdraw, cancel or change their mind after booking. This is because, once booked, the seat is protected for the delegate and other delegates are denied a placement as a result.
How to book
Please click the ‘book now’ button on this web page. We will review your application and, if we are unable to offer you a placement (as seats per live coaching programme are strictly restricted in number to preserve quality of learning), we will refund you 100% of the booking fee.
Once we offer you a placement, your booking is confirmed and becomes non-refundable from that point onwards.
Live Coaching Programme (Online)
01 November – 26 November 2021: FULL
27 November 2021 – 26 December 2021: Spaces available
Centre for Health Education recognises that every delegate’s training needs are different. Some styles of teaching or learning suit some people and not others. Faculty must therefore have confidence that they are able to meet the training needs of each delegate. The teaching faculty reserve the right to deselect a delegate at any stage of the programme if they feel they are no longer able to meet the training needs of the delegate. In such an event, the delegate shall be refunded pro rata for the remainder of the programme.
Please note: by embarking on the coaching programme, delegates agree to respect the decisions of the faculty as final (in regards to being permitted to continue with the programme or not). If a delegate withdraws from the coaching programme of their own volition, the standard cancellation policy shall take effect (i.e. no refunds shall be given).