Written exam FAQs
Frequently asked questions for the written exams
Applying for the exam
Sitting the exam
A: Aaaa MRCPCH Part 1a – MRCPCH Foundation of Practice
MRCPCH Part 1b – MRCPCH Theory and Science
MRCPCH Part 2 – MRCPCH Applied Knowledge in Practice (from May 2013)
A: No, the structure and content of the examinations have not changed. For further information please see MRCPCH Written Exam Changes 2013.
A: Any exams previously sat will be converted into the new format.
A: Candidates must have a primary medical degree in order to apply for the MRCPCH Foundation of Practice and MRCPCH Theory and Science of Practice Examinations.
From May 2013 candidates are able to apply for the written examinations in any order as long as they have a primary medical degree.
Applying for the exam
A: Please read Written Examinations Online Application FAQ
A: Candidates applying to sit an exam with the College for the first time, who are not fully GMC registered, will need to scan and upload either the original or an attested copy of their Primary Medical Degree qualification when registering to apply for an examination. Candidates who have previously applied for a written examination with the College can proceed directly to the online application form. Candidates who have passed the examination for membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland pre-January 2010, Paediatric Option must scan their original Irish pass letter and original primary medical qualification.
A: Candidates applying to sit an exam with the College for the first time, who are not fully GMC registered, will need to send an attested copy of their primary medical certificate. An copy can be attested by the issuing university or notary/solicitor.
Candidates who have previously applied for a written examination with the College need only submit an application Form. Candidates who have passed the examination for membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland pre-January 2010, Paediatric Option must send their original Irish pass letter and original primary medical qualification.
Q: What are the exempting qualifications?
A: To be exempt from MRCPCH Foundation of Practice and/or MRCPCH Theory and Science of Practice you will need to have a valid MRCPI Part 1 qualification from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland; Paediatric option only. This must have been obtained before 1 January 2010. Candidates who receive their qualification after this date will not be exempt.
Q: What are the current written examination dates and fees for the UK and Overseas?
A: For all written examination dates and fees in the UK and Overseas please see Examination dates, fees and results information.
Q: How can I pay?
A: If you are applying to sit in a UK & Rep of Ireland, India or Malta centre you must pay by credit or debit card via the online applications system. Please note there is a 4% surcharge for credit card payments. There is no surcharge for debit cards and we accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard. We accept the following debit cards: Switch. Solo and Visa Electron. We do not accept: Amex or Laser.
Please note should you pay via credit card it is not possible to later change this to a debit card payment. Any candidate wishing to withdrawal and reapply to get around this will not be issued a refund.
If you are an applying to sit the exam in any other overseas centres (excluding India and Malta) you may pay by bankers draft.
Q: Where can I can I find the written exams syllabi and specimen papers?
A: For information of the examination structure, syllabi and specimen papers for all written examinations please see Exam structure, syllabi and specimen papers.
Q: What if I have recently changed my name?
A: Candidates who have changed their name by marriage, deed poll or citizenship of another country must submit original documentary proof if they wish to apply under their new name. This also applies to candidates whose degree certificate contains initials or abbreviations, e.g. Dr Mohd Hassan or Dr M Mahmoud Hassan.
Q: I need to inform you of a change of address; what do I do?
A: If you have an online RCPCH account you are able to change your own address and contact details by logging into the members sign in area click here.
If you do not have an online account please fax or write to the Examinations Team with the details below at the earliest. Please include your full name, your six-digit RCPCH code number, which exam you are sitting, your new address and sign the letter or fax.
Royal College Paediatrics and Child Health
5-11 Theobalds Road
Fax number: 0044 (0)20 7092 6193
A: Please email the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Sitting the exam
Q: When will the admission documents/hall tickets be sent out?
A: Please note that all written examination admission documents are now only sent electronically to candidates registered default email address. They will be in the form of an email attachment that candidates will need to print and keep in a secure place.
Please ensure that you check your inbox and your junk mail for this email. If you experience problems opening the attachment, please ensure you have downloaded the most up to date version of Adobe Reader. Admission documents will be emailed four weeks before the examination for all candidates; hard copies of admission documents will no longer be sent.
Q: What identification can I take to the examination?
A: Passport, hospital ID card or driving licence (if it has a photo). Other forms of documentation may be acceptable, provided it contains a signature and photo (excluding travel cards).
Q: I want to withdraw from the examination, what do I do?
A: Withdrawals must be in writing. Withdrawals after the closing date may be entitled to a refund depending upon the circumstances (e.g. medical, bereavement, etc). Evidence must be supplied if requesting a refund (e.g. medical certificate). Candidates must apply within one month of the examination to have their attempt discounted and/or a refund. These requests go to the Examinations Board for approval - they are not automatic.
Visa difficulties do not currently warrant an automatic refund this is at the discretion of the Examinations Manager. If you need to apply for a Visa please apply for the exam at beginning of the application period and state clearly that you need a letter for your visa application.
Q: When can I view my results online?
A: Results for the above examination are now available for candidates to view via the secure section of this website six weeks after the day of the exam. If you have not previously registered for an Online Account you will need to follow the instructions given on the sign up page. Please note that no pass list will be published.
Q: When will hard copies of the results be sent?
A: Please note that hard copies will no longer be sent. All written examination results letters are now only being sent electronically to their registered default email address to replace paper copies. Hard copies of result letters will no longer be sent. The Examinations Department of the RCPCH regret that they are not able to issue results in person, by fax or telephone. Please do not contact us during this time as we receive a great number of calls and this will delay us from processing results. The College cannot give out results over the phone.
A: If you wish to request for a remark you must do it within four weeks of the exam result being sent out. Remark requests received after this deadline will not be considered.
Submissions to remark should consist of:
• A written letter requesting for remark. The letter must be typewritten, including your full name, which exam you are requesting to be remarked and RCPCH code number.
• A cheque for the correct remark fee (currently £100) made payable to the 'Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health' or supply your credit/debit card details. Request received without the correct fee will not be considered.
Requests should be sent to:
Written Examination Team
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
5-11 Theobalds Road
Outcome of remark
Candidates will normally be informed of the outcome of their remarkwithin 10 working days from the day request was received. This may take longer depending on individual cases. Result of remarks will be sent by post only. Candidates should note that this decision is final and marks the end of the process - no further correspondence will be considered.
Please do not telephone the College during this time; College staff are not able to inform candidates of the result of their remark. In rare cases, successful candidates will have their remarkfee returned or refunded to them with their outcome letter.
Q: Do I have to wait for the results of the Written exams before applying for the MRCPCH Clinical?
A: All candidates wishing to apply for the Clinical exam will need to have received a confirmed pass in all Written examinations before sending in their MRCPCH Clinical application.
Q. Who do I contact for further information?
A. Please contact: email@example.com
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