Cost of the Exam
How many question in the exam
There are 45 questions to be answered in 1 hour 15 minutes. It is likely
that a successful candidates will have to achieve a 60% pass mark which equates
to 27 questions correct.
How different are the questions from those in the Foundation Licence
For the Intermediate examination there is APK ASSUMED PREVIOUS
KNOWLEDGE. This means that whilst the Intermediate syllabus is where
the Intermediate exam questions will be directed, all the topics in the
Foundation could play a part in giving the correct answer to a question.
Further the Intermediate Course Exam whilst geared to specific parts of the
syllabus it is expected that what is learnt in one part of the
syllabus may need to be applied in another part of the syllabus to obtain
the correct answer to an exam question. This is likely to be of particular
relevance in the Technical Topics section.
How long does a course take?
The first point to understand is that other than for the practicals you
do not have to attend a course. Thus if you have the technical knowledge
or can learn on your own from the information on the this web site the exam
date is really of your choosing, subject to some limitations.
The BRATS run a series of lectures (talks) for the Intermediate Licence course
which progress at a rate, principally directed by students, which
currently takes approximately one topic a month from the syllabus. This student
lead initiative is popular with students as they feel part of the course
and not overwhelmed by the talks. The gaps between talks allows plenty of
time for revision - or if a students misses a talk to catch up.
However some students, once they have started the course, might wish to
advance at a faster pace. This may done by following the course notes
set out on the web site. The course will be a rolling one, so students may
join at anytime and thus complete the course according to their own pace.
As part of the BRATS Intermediate course, on the completion of each section
small tests will be set so that the course tutor and the student can assess
The BRATS advocate learning by doing and as such putting into practice
what you have learned is possible at club meetings and field days / weekends
making this a pleasurable introduction to the next step of the hobby of Amateur
Membership of the BRATS Club is a requirement to attend the talks and practicals
but the course is offered for free on the internet with students then finding
their own examination centre etc.
Students attending a BRATS training course will be expected to do some home
study on the topics prior to the lecture so that the lecture is effectively
a "revision" talk and to help fully understand the topic. If a student misses
a talk it can be caught up by additional home study in the weeks prior to
the next talk. There is no start nor finish date that is in the hands of
the student, but each set of courses would have a target of an exam about
9 months after the first talk.
It is permissible to undertake the practical assessment for the Intermediate
Examination before sitting the Foundation Examination. The candidate should
sit the Intermediate Examination within 12 months of the relevant practical
When you are ready to take the exam would be decided after discussed on a
one to one basis with the lead instructor, who will have been assessing you
throughout the series of talks. The exams date as with the Foundation Course
is up to you but a minimum of 10 days notice to RSGB is required.
The data that is the name and address that a candidate gives on their exam application
form must be the information given to Ofcom when applying for a licence -
so accuracy and legibility when filling in the forms is important.