Updates - Examinations

Important updates for exam candidates about the MRCPCH (membership examinations) and DCH (Diploma of Child Health), both in the UK and overseas.

The RCPCH Examinations Executive Committee have approved a change in DCH examination regulation permitting candidates to apply for the DCH Clinical examination without having first passed the Foundation of Practice theory examination. The MRCPCH and DCH Examination Rules and Regulations documents and related DCH web pages are currently being updated to reflect this change. This change is applicable to all DCH route candidate applications as of 2017.2 DCH Clinical application period which opens on Monday 24th July 202018-1 India MRCPCH Clinical Examination - Application Period Extended

October 2017

Overseas MRCPCH FOP & TAS Examinations. Important Update. Please read.

November 2017

If you are considering applying for a place for the upcoming Foundation of Practice & Theory and Science examinations please note the following.

It is possible that you may experience some issues with your online application at the payment/submission of application stage.

If you are presented with a message on screen that states ‘Payment Unsuccessful! Your transaction was unsuccessful please check your details’ please do not try again or attempt to reapply until you have checked the following.

  1. Please check your online exam account to see if your application has been correctly submitted. You will know that it has if your account states 'booked' and you have received confirmation of your booking by email. 

  2. Please check with your bank to see if the exam fee amount is pending or successfully submitted with proof of confirmation. 

  3. Please take a screenshot of the page and email this to the Exams Team exams@rcpch.ac.uk

  4. If your online exam account status says ‘ready to book’ then we have not received your application/your application was not submitted. Please do not attempt to reapply

  5. Again please do not attempt to apply again for the exam you are experiencing issues with. Please wait until you have checked all of the above and contact the Exams Team first

  6. Please only send one email to us if you are having problems applying. Candidates who send a lot of emails with the same issue will only create more of a delay and it will take longer for the Exams Team to respond/help. 

Funds allocated from your account in relation to your exam application does not mean that your application has been successful. Please check your online exam account to check the status of your application and email confirmation has been received. If you are in anyway unsure if your application has been successfully submitted to us please email us. Do not attempt to re-submit an application.

Change to DCH rules and regulations 2017 

June 2017

The RCPCH Examinations Executive Committee have approved a change in DCH examination regulation permitting candidates to apply for the DCH Clinical examination without having first passed the Foundation of Practice theory examination. The MRCPCH and DCH Examination Rules and Regulations documents and related DCH web pages are currently being updated to reflect this change. This change is applicable to all DCH route candidate applications as of 2017.2 DCH Clinical application period which opens on Monday 24 July 2017. 

 MRCPCH Clinical examination: Guidance on future centre in Egypt

October 2016

The RCPCH Overseas Examination Board agreed to base decisions on future overseas clinical examination dates on advice received from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

Should there be any changes, the RCPCH Examination Team will provide details.