The Thurrock Training Team supports people as they work towards their exams by providing group tuition, if required, at the Foundation and Intermediate levels or just support for those happier learning on their own.

Recommended reading when studying for the foundation, intermediate and advanced levels can be found below. When planning courses and exams the Training Team try to be as flexible and sensitive to the needs of people as possible and aspire to best practice.

STEVE HARTLEY (GØFUW) as the then Chairman of the RSGB Training and Education Committee wrote…

“Whilst I would be the first to recommend face-to-face training, especially for newcommers, there are circumstances where this is not appropriate.”

“Pre-qualified people can be fast tracked with little risk to ‘the hobby’; if someone is capapble of building and flying a research satellite, they are unlikely to need six weeks going through the likes of Ohms law and how to interpret a frequency to wavelength conversion chart. It is a fair bet they can read the text book in an afternoon and fill in gaps in their operating knowledge through doing good practical assessments.

There are those who, for various reasons, are unable to get to conventional classes (eg disabled, those with caring responsibilities, those who work shifts). If they are keen they can be guided through the books using e-mail or social media with 1:1 assessments and exams arranged by mutual agreement and sensible care over sensitive cases. Home exams for those that cannot get to an exam center are allowed and there is a process to make that happen.”

To make enquiries about any of the following please complete and send the Training Enquiry form.

  • joining a face-to-face group tuition course
  • arranging practical assessments
  • arranging to take an exam
  • arrangements for special needs
  • any other tuition enquiries

The foundation licence is the amateur radio entry level. Each level must be passed before the next level can be attempted, for those who are confident all three exams can be taken in the same day as long as the practical requirements have been completed and remain valid at the time of the exams. Whether you are just starting out or ready to move on to the next level the following course books available from the RSGB on-line bookshop and elsewhere, are recommended for study.

  • ‘The Foundation Licence Manual’
  • ‘The Intermediate Licence Manual’
  • ‘The Full Licence manual’
  • ‘Amateur Radio Exam Secrets’ – not essential but relevant at all three levels with exam style questions for each.

Important Notes:

• The above books replace earlier RSGB titles and cover the syllabus for candidates sitting the exam in September 2019, or later.
• Corrections and updates to the above and other books are posted from time to time on the RSGB Books Extra page.
     It is recommended that the updates be applied to your training books.

The Resources for trainers and students page is well worth visiting, having links to many sources of information and training at all levels. For each stage you should read the syllabus and the practical assessment requirements which can be downloaded from the RSGB Exam Specifications – Syllabus 2019 page.

The practical elements for the foundation are straightforward and include some basic circuit work, connecting together the station equipment, making a contact under supervision using a transceiver and a Morse code appreciation session.

At the intermediate stage the student will be expected to build a basic electronic project usually from a kit and demonstrate that it works as expected.

If you are ready to tackle the advanced, you might consider joining the Bath Distance Learning Advanced Course as it has a very high pass rate. A deposit is required to join which is fully refunded as long as you complete the course.



The RSGB book Getting Started in Amateur Radio including sections on operating procedures and etiquette, antennas, setting up a station, propagation, etc., for the beginner. The RSGB website also includes an IARU publication, Ethics and operational procedures for the radio amateur (PDF), which includes a section listing Q-codes used in Amateur Radio communication.

Ofcom the regulator responsible for UK spectrum licensing, including amateur radio, provides Information for amateur radio licensees on it’s website.