Unit 1


Preparation for Unit 1 may be undertaken by self-study, although it is strongly advised that at least part is undertaken by supervised instruction.  It is expected that Branches will help candidates prepare either by running a short course or by arranging guidance from an experienced RSCDS teacher.

There is a fixed schedule of dates for the examination – second Saturday in February and October.

Dates for Unit 1 Written Paper

  • 2018 - 3 February & 10 October
  • 2019 - 2 February & 19 October
  • 2020 - 1 February & 17 October

Branches may apply (X1-05) to hold the examination locally on one of those dates; there is no minimum number of candidates. Two invigilators are required to supervise the examination.

Candidates who do not have a Branch nearby may sit the examination as a Sole Candidate, in which case at least one of the two invigilators must be a person of official standing in the local community (see: Guidelines for Invigilators X1-13).

Please note that the following may not act as invigilators in any circumstances:

  • Anyone related to a candidate by birth or marriage
  • Anyone in a personal relationship with a candidate
  • Anyone who lives with or shares the same home address as a candidate
  • Anyone who has been involved in any way in helping a candidate prepare for the examination
  • Invigilators may not be in a personal relationship or share the same home address as each other

For candidates whose first language is not English arrangements may be made to have the question-paper and answer-script translated (see: Guidelines for Translation X1-09).

Applications to sit Unit 1, with the appropriate examination fee, must be received at Headquarters no later than 7 weeks in advance of the date of the examination.

The following documents provide additional information:

Candidates
X1-02 Schedule of Examination dates
X1-03 Candidate application form
X1-14 Procedures for conducting the examination
Unit 1 - Examinable areas (Manual 3rd edition)
Sample Paper 1 - Marking scheme
Sample Paper 2 - Marking scheme
Unit 1 - Question bank

Branches / Organiser
X1-02 Schedule of Examination dates
X1-05 Branch application to hold Unit 1 examination
X1-13 Guidelines for Invigilators
X1-14 Procedures for conducting the examination

Examiners / Tutors / Translators
X1-09 Guidelines for translation
Unit 1 - Examinable areas (Manual 3rd edition)
Sample Paper 1 - Marking scheme
Sample Paper 2 - Marking scheme
Unit 1 - Question bank

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