Advanced Course

Advanced License Course Manual

Advanced License Course Manual

The Full License is the highest level of license that you can obtain in the United Kingdom. To gain it, it is necessary to already hold an Intermediate License and pass the Advanced Radio Communications Examination.

Since the benefits of operating under a Full License are greatly enhanced, the advanced examination requires a much deeper knowledge and understanding of electronics, radio communications, electromagnetic compatibility, antenna design, safety issues and license conditions.

There is no requirement for examination candidates to take a formal training course for this examination because the examination is purely a test of theoretical knowledge, there is no practical element. It is, therefore, possible to study at home on your own if you so wish. However, many local amateur radio clubs and societies run courses specifically for the Advanced Radio Communications Examination. Alternatively there are some correspondence and Internet courses available. So there is a method of studying available to suit everyone.

The course manual, “Advance – The Full License Manual”, is currently available from the Radio Society of Great Britain’s (RSGBs) on-line book shop.

The Southport & District Amateur Radio Club doesn’t run an Advanced course itself, but it does run exams during the year.

Course Dates

Our course dates can be found on our Courses Calendar.


The course is run at Cottage Lane Mission, Ormskirk.


The cost of the exam will be £66; this includes the exam fee and hire of the venue. There will be a minimum enrollment of six for the exam to run. Should we not achieve the minimum enrollment we will provide you with details of alternative venues, run by other clubs, for the sitting of the exam.

Syllabus & Sample Test

The syllabus shows you what you will need to know to pass the Advanced Course and all of this is covered during the course and in the course manual which you will receive as part of your registration pack.

We encourage all delegates to read the course manual a few times before they attend the course as it will help with your understanding of the subjects taught on the course. The sample test allows you to guage how well your reading has gone before you attend the course, but please do not worry if you are not obtaining pass scores on the sample test – the course is where you will do the majority of your learning.

You can download a copy of the syllabus, sample examinations and a maths primer can be found on the RSGB’s Advanced Resources page.

Further information

Further details about our course schedule, together with application forms, can be obtained from our Course Administrator.

Catchment area

We are happy to accept candidates from all over Europe. However, our more traditional catchment area includes West Lancashire (Ormskirk, Burscough, Bickerstaffe, Lathom, Newburgh, Up Holland, Wrightington, Skelmersdale, Aughton, Parbold, Tarleton and Rufford), Lancashire (Chorley, Mawdesly, Croston, Bretherton and Euxton), Wigan, St. Helens, Liverpool, Merseyside and Sefton (Southport, Birkdale, Ainsdale, Formby, Freshfield, Hightown, Crosby, Litherland, Bootle, Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Netherton).