Theory & Standards team

We provide two examinations at RCPCH: the Membership examination (MRCPCH) and the Diploma in Child Health (DCH).

As the Theory & Standards team, we support the delivery of the theory components of these exams: Foundation of Practice (FOP), Theory & Science (TAS) and Applied Knowledge in Paediatrics (AKP).

We support exam candidates as they register for exams, and apply for and sit their theory exams. We work with clinical leads to develop theory exam questions, review and standard set those questions and produce results for all theory and clinical examinations.

We work closely with the Clinical Assessment team  which supports the delivery of the clinical components of our exams: the MRCPCH Clinical and the DCH Clinical.

Contact the Theory & Standards team on for:

  • Registration for an RCPCH exam account
  • Any enquiry or request about applying to, preparing for, sitting or querying results for one of the three theory exams: Foundation of Practice (FOP), Theory and Standards (TAS) and Applied Knowledge in Practice (AKP)
  • Resending documents about theory exams, for example, theory exam placement or results letters
  • Complaints about theory exams
  • Requests for letters to use for tax purposes in relation to theory exams that have been sat (if you need a letter for multiple exams, including a clinical exam, then you should also contact 

Recent content


Theory exams - upcoming exam dates and when to apply

We have three diets each year for all three theory exams, FOP, TAS and AKP. These take place across the UK and in countries around the world. This page has dates and countries of upcoming theory exams, and the application periods for each, and is regularly updated.

Theory exams - how you sit your exam

The theory exams are computer-based and take place a set date and time. Most candidates sit their theory exam in a test centre. We have test centres around the UK and in many countries around the world. Some candidates are eligible to sit their theory exam via online invigilation, which is usually d...

Theory exams - how to prepare for the exam day

Four to six weeks before your theory exam, you will receive an admissions document via your ePortfolio account. This has all the information you need to sit your exam at a test centre or via online invigilation. Here you can find more practical tips on how to prepare for your exam, and what to expec...
Volunteering opportunity

Write and review scenarios for clinical exams

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals with an interest in clinical education and MRCPCH to join our MRCPCH Clinical scenario working groups. This is a great opportunity to develop your skills and to support the next generation of paediatricians.

Theory exams - tips from the experts to help you prepare

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