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.
Last modified
1 May 2024

For more information about the three theory exams, including eligibility, fees, syllabus, how to apply and how to prepare, go to our Theory examinations page.

Upcoming exams - applications open now or soon

AKP 2024.3

Exam date: Wednesday 18 September 2024

Applications open: From Monday 1 July 2024 (09:30 UK time)

Applications close: (all at 16:00 UK time)

  • Friday 5 July - Online invigilation (UK and overseas)
  • Thursday 11 July - Test centres (UK and overseas)

FOP/TAS 2024.3

Exam date: Wednesday 16 October 2024

Applications open: From Monday 5 August 2024 (09:30 UK time)

Applications close: (all at 16:00 UK time)

  • Friday 9 August 2024 - Online invigilation (UK and overseas)
  • Thursday 15 August 2024 - Test centres (UK and overseas)

Note on India, Malaysia and Middle East centres

Due to post-pandemic cancellations and delays, there is a higher demand than usual for MRCPCH Clinical exam in these locations. Consider this when when applying for theory exams in these locations, particularly where there is no MRCPCH Clinical exam centre.

Upcoming or recent exams - applications closed

FOP/TAS 2024.2

  • Exam date: Wednesday 26 June 2024
  • Applications closed: 12/18 April 2024

AKP 2024.2

  • Exam date: Wednesday 22 May 2024
  • Applications closed8/14 March 2024

FOP/TAS 2024.1

  • Exam date: Wednesday 21 February 2024
  • Applications closed: 8/18 December 2023

AKP 2024.1

  • Exam date: Wednesday 24 January 2024
  • Applications closed: 10/19 November 2023

Ready to apply?

See guidance on how to apply via our booking system