The Next Step: The Intermediate Licence

Now that you have your amateur radio licence and have gained experience operating, it may be time for you to move on to an Intermediate licence.

The Intermediate licence carries with it more privileges and also more responsibilities on you as a radio amateur.

The Intermediate Course

Understandably the Intermediate course is longer and more challenging than the Foundation. It aims to teach many of the fundamentals of radio in a stimulating way by actually undertaking practical tasks such as soldering, building a small project and a variety of other exercises, building on the experience you have gained as a Foundation licence holder.

The Intermediate Exam

The Intermediate examination consists of 46 multiple-choice questions each with four possible responses and you are permitted 90 minutes to answer the questions. Your exam paper is marked on the spot by the invigilator straight after the exam so, as with the Foundation, there is no long wait to know whether you have passed or not. The pass mark is 28/46 or 61%.

What Happens After the Intermediate Exam?

If you have passed the Intermediate exam you will receive an official result sheet confirming the pass from the invigilator on the day of the exam.

The next step is to register your Intermediate exam pass with the UK communications regulator Ofcom, who are responsible for issuing amateur radio licences. If you apply for your Intermediate licence on the Ofcom website, your licence is free of charge. Visit the Ofcom website to find out more. Ofcom will then issue you with your new, upgraded radio licence and you can get started immediately on the Intermediate frequency allocations at up to 50 watts power.

Now you are not only a licensed radio amateur, but you are one step closer to having the Full licence; an internationally recognised qualification that will enable you to transmit legally almost anywhere in the world.

The table below contains links to printable versions of our course notes, for an embedded scrollable version of these documents use the menu at the top of the page "Training" – "Intermediate" – "Topic"

Topic Number Subject
  Official Syllabus
1 Licensing Conditions and Station Identification
2 Technical Aspects
3 Transmitters and Receivers
4 Feeders and Antennas
5 Propagation
6 Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
7 Operating Practices and Procedures
8 Safety
9 Measurements and Construction
10 Practical Assessments