European Exam in Core Cardiology
About the EECC
The European Exam in Core Cardiology (EECC) is administered by the European Society of Cardiology, in conjunction with the UEMS Cardiology Section and the national cardiac societies. Since 2018, the exam sat by UK trainees contains 6 UK-specific questions relating to UK guidance and legislation.
Passing the EECC is a curriculum requirement for CCT in the UK. It is sat in ST5 but trainees who do not achieve the required standard will be able to progress to ST6 and ST7 without affecting decisions about allocation to advanced modules, providing the other elements of their performance are judged satisfactory at the ARCP. They can then resit the exam in ST6 and ST7.
From 2020, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is providing access to preparatory modules for the exam via the ESC e-learning platform to everyone registered for the EECC. To do this, we need to supply your contact details to the ESC. You will be asked for consent to your data being shared as part of the registration process. Access to preparatory modules will be made available after registration is closed. Access to preparatory modules will be made available after registration is closed.
Please note that from June EEGC 2021 the European Exam in General Cardiology (EEGC) has been rebranded to European Exam in Core Cardiology (EECC).
EECC 2021 – important information for candidates
- Date: Tuesday 15 June 2021
Venue: Exam will be online
Register Online Now for EECC 2021
Register Online Now for EECC-Resit 2021
Register Online Now for EECC-CESR 2021
Closing date: Extended to Tuesday 6 April 2021. Late registrations will not be accepted.
Candidates please note that from 2022 the re-sit fee will be increased in line with the standard exam fee. We are no longer able to hold this fee down and are therefore giving considerable notice of this fee increase.
Date: 9 March 2021
Registration: Closed Now – no further applications can be accepted
- Further information for candidates will be added to the BCS website when we received it from EEGC UK.
Dates for EEGC exams have now been scheduled and agreed by ESC and the National Societies for the next 5 years.
Pearson VUE, the exam centre, has also been notified of these dates.
The dates are:
Tuesday 15 June 2021
Tuesday 14 June 2022
Tuesday 13 June 2023
Tuesday 18 June 2024
Tuesday 17 June 2025
This is managed by the British Cardiovascular Society and usually starts in September and closes in January – the exact dates are published on this website once available. The exam is open only to cardiology trainees in recognised training programmes who will be in their third or later year of specialty training at the point they sit the exam. The current fee for taking the exam is published on the BCS website when registration opens. To request information on reasonable adjustments please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*In order to process your registration, it is necessary for us to share information with Pearson VUE as the examination test centre provider.
It is the responsibility of trainees to provide BCS with the necessary information for registration with the test provider:
- Full name (this must be exactly the same as on the identity documents you use at the Pearson VUE centre – you will be refused entry if they do not match)
- e-mail address (ALL correspondence about the exam will be sent to the email address you register with)
- Postal address
- Phone number
- 1st and 2nd choice for test centre city
- Preferred time for the exam (morning/afternoon) for each city choice
Candidates will receive a registration confirmation by e-mail from Pearson VUE team (including exam place & time) – we recommend you check your spam folder.
*2020 online exam
For those taking the 2020 exam online (rescheduled due to pandemic) it is necessary for us to share information with CYIM and ProctorU® as the examination and test providers.
In the event of illness please inform the BCS and your training programme director (TPD) as soon as possible. After the exam, you will be asked to fill in an online feedback form. This information is used by the EEGC Board to improve the exam and has proved to be very helpful.
If you need to cancel your registration, you must inform the BCS and your TPD in writing as soon as possible. Cancellations received at least 8 weeks before the exam will receive a full refund less an administration fee £20.
Places on the exam cannot be transferred.
Updated: 21 January 2021
Your data will be shared with the, ESC, GMC, CYIM and ProctorU® (for the 2020 rescheduled exam online) as detailed below.
From 2020, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) will provide one year’s professional membership of the ESC and access to preparatory modules for the exam via the ESC e-learning platform to everyone registered for the EEGC 2020. To do this, we need to supply your contact details to the ESC. You will be asked for consent to your data being shared as part of the registration process for example name, home address, office address, mobile, personal number.
For the purposes of obtaining a CCT the GMC must be informed that a Dr has passed the BCS exam (please refer to the cardiology curriculum). The EEGC exam is GMC compliant, therefore the BCS will provide data to the GMC once results are obtained for the purposes of quality assurance and research. All exam data from 2020 exam entrance onwards will be shared as follows:
GMC reference no
Candidate first name
Date of birth
The BCS hold a data sharing agreement with the GMC which sets out how EEGC exam data may be used. These arrangements have been considered and agreed by the EEGC UK board.
CYIM and ProctorU® - exam online (2020 rescheduled due to COVID-19)
In order to process your registration, it is necessary for us to share information with CYIM and ProctorU® as the online examination test provider. It is the responsibility of trainees to provide BCS with the necessary information for registration with CYIM and ProctorU®.
Additional information about the EEGC is available in the UEMS cardiology section website.
Heart 2019, 105 (11) 889-890; DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2018-314495
Behind the scenes of the European Examination in General Cardiology
Heart 2019, 105 (13) 1044-1045; DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2018-314496
How to succeed in the EEGC: a guide for trainees and their trainers
ESC365 session 2019. The European Examination in General Cardiology: what it is and how to prepare for it. ESC Congress, 02 September 2019