MRCPCH Clinical Exam Face-to-Face - guidance hub

This is a hub for all updates, FAQs, candidate resources and revised documents related to the MRCPCH Clinical exam being delivered face-to-face. It is for both UK and overseas candidates.

Most of this page is about the face-to-face, no patient exam. However, there is a special section at the end for face-to-face exams delivered with patients.
Last modified
16 August 2022

SECTION 1: Face-to-face exams without patients

The section contains guidance for the face-to-face no patient exam. This refers to the exam delivery format where the four short clinical and the development station are run with scenarios instead of patients.  All other stations remain the same.

This format of delivery applies to the UK (October 2022) and all the following overseas centres Hong Kong, Jeddah, Oman, Egypt, and UAE. For all other overseas centres, please see the section below that refers to face-to-face exams with patients.  For the most up to date information about which centres are running exams with or without patients, please check our How to Apply page.  The 2022-3 chart of exam dates provides this information.

Please note, that the UK Clinical exam for October 2022 will continue to be face-to-face with no patients.

Webinars and online resources

  • Development MOCK station video - this is a video recorded in MS Teams that shows what the  Development station is like with a scenario rather than a patient.  It was recorded in April 2021.
  • Short Clinical MOCK station video - we will be recording a mock Short Clinical station soon based on a scenario for candidates to review and use for guidance 

Additionally, our Get ready for exams listing brings together the various resources from around the College that can help candidates prepare for their exams.

Frequently asked questions

You can view our FAQs.

If you have questions not covered by this document, please email to clinicalexams@rcpch.ac.uk.

Understanding the face-to-face no patient exam

Preparation resources for face-to-face no patient exam

Candidate resources for face-to-face no patient exam


SECTION 2: Face-to-face exams with patients

This section is intended for centres who are running face-to-face exams with patients in some or all of their four short clinical stations, a scenario based development station, and history, communication and video remaining the same.  The centres running this format of the exam are Malaysia, India, Nepal, and Singapore.

Webinars and online resources

  • Development MOCK station video - this is a video recorded in MS Teams that shows what the  Development station is like with a scenario rather than a patient.  It was recorded in April 2021.
  • Short Clinical MOCK station video - we will be recording a mock Short Clinical station soon based on a scenario for candidates to review and use for guidance.  For any centre running a mix of some short clinical stations based on a scenario and some with patients, candidates should review this video to help prepare for the scenario based short clinical stations. 

Additionally, the College has a Get Ready Exams webpage that brings together the various resources from around the College that can help candidates prepare for their exams.

Frequently asked questions

You can view our FAQs 

If you have questions not covered by this document, please email to clinicalexams@rcpch.ac.uk.

Understanding the face-to-face patient based exam

Preparation resources for face-to-face patient based exam

Candidate resources for face-to-face no patient exam