Theory examinations for MRCPCH and DCH

The MRCPCH has three theory examinations: Foundation of Practice (FOP), Theory and Science (TAS) and Applied Knowledge in Practice (AKP). Candidates for the Diploma of Child Health (DCH) sit the Foundation of Practice.

Please keep up to date with important changes to exams by regularly checking the news and updates page.

As of January 2015, all MRCPCH and DCH theory examinations use computer-based testing. We do not expect to run any further paper based examinations.

Quick links

Registering for my exams

Preparing for my theory exam - includes:

On the day of my theory exam - includes:

  • Finding my exam centre
  • Timetable of the day
  • What to bring
  • What happens during the exam

After my theory exam - includes:

  • Receiving results
  • Requests for remarking

Frequently asked questions

Policies and regulations (for theory and clinical exams)

Pass rates (for theory and clinical exams)


For any questions or comments about examinations, please contact the Examinations Team on

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