GMC approves curriculum enhancements for level 3 training - autumn 2021

The General Medical Council (GMC) has approved a set of revisions to some of our current RCPCH Progress sub-specialty syllabi and to the level 3 general paediatrics syllabus, to take effect later this year.

These revised syllabi will be applicable as of August/September 2021 to level 3 trainees in affected sub-specialties, except for trainees with a Certification of Completion of Training (CCT) date before September 2022, who will rather complete on the existing syllabi (unless they'd like to move and agree this with their educational supervisor).

Since launching RCPCH Progress in August 2018, we've wanted to ensure our curriculum grows and adapts as needed. We’ve reached out to over 100 clinicians and all CSACs (College Specialty Advisory Committees) to learn what needs to be further improved and refreshed. The result is that we have made revisions to the syllabi of some sub-specialties, as requested. 

We've been able to consolidate the feedback, thoughts and ideas of members to evolve and strengthen the general paediatric level 3 curriculum

Dr Fiona Hignett, ST8 General Paediatrician, Wessex, Vice Chair of the Trainees Committee

Essentially the vast majority of the curriculum is unchanged. But in some places we’ve revised the outcomes and key capabilities for learning and demonstrating achievement. These range from significant revisions - in the level 3 general paediatrics, clinical pharmacology and paediatric nephrology syllabi - to less significant, or administrative, changes. 

See our detailed guidance on what will be changing

We are emailing this update to all members in the UK who are in a training programme or working as a consultant paediatrician. If you have questions or concerns - whether you are or soon will be a level 3 trainee, or are an educational supervisor or trainer - contact us in the Quality & Standards team on