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
The Centre for Health Education offers ‘coaching’ not just ‘teaching’. This means that we reflect on the training needs of individual participants and decide how best to support their exam preparation to get the best possible outcome. This may mean a different approach to the standard preparation programme outlined below.
The standard preparation programme is spread over 2 months to allow sufficient time to absorb the learning between each session. The diagram below outlines how the coaching programme works:
Self-directed learning Login to the learning dashboard on our website and study the lectures (written by senior staff at NHS consultant level). The latest version of the lectures are released one week before the relevant live tutor-led MCQ sessions. After the live tutor-led MCQ sessions where the core subject matter has been covered and MCQ technique refined, individuals should continue to 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.
Live Sessions These are live 2.5 hour sessions with the lecturer, taking place between 6pm – 8.30pm UK Time (sessions generally finish at 8pm, but at times topics may require extended sessions which finish at 8.30pm at the latest). They will be intensive MCQ practices, covering all the topics and subjects of assigned to that 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 2 months, 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 around your own work/personal commitments.
Personalised coaching 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.
Day 1 Cardiology
Day 2 Respiratory Medicine
Day 3 Gastroenterology
Day 4 GI & General Surgery Day 5 Renal Medicine & Urology; Vascular Surgery Day 6 Endocrinology & Metabolic Medicine Day 7 Neurology Day 8 Ophthalmology; ENT Surgery Day 9 Psychiatry Day 10 Ethics & Epidemiology Day 11 Haematology, Oncology & Palliative Care Day 12 Infectious Diseases & Immunology Day 13 Paediatrics & Genetics Day 14 Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Sexual Health Day 15 Orthopaedics & Rheumatology; Dermatology Day 16 Anaesthesia & Perioperative Care; Emergency Medicine
FULL 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)
120 hours of lecture slides material, written 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
Please note: access to the lecture slides and the telegram group will only be granted once payment has cleared.
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 (even if you only attend part of the programme and then exit; or choose not to attend at all).
Live Coaching Programme (Online)
Number of candidates accepted onto the programme, per batch, is restricted as outlined above.
Coaching for February 2022 Exam (7 Dec 2021 – 27 Jan 2022): OPEN FOR BOOKINGS (click ‘BOOK NOW’ below)
Coaching for May 2022 Exam (1 Mar 2022 – 21 Apr 2022): Not open yet for bookings
Coaching for August 2022 Exam (7 Jun 2022 – 28 Jul 2022): Not open yet for bookings
Coaching for November 2022 Exam (6 Sep 2022 – 27 Oct 2022): Not open yet for bookings
Mock Exams Day (Online)
This is only for those who have completed the full coaching programme. Booking is therefore only possible via the dashboard after successfully completing the PLAB 1 coaching programme.
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).