Examination News and Dates

Any changes to the timing, content or structure of an exam will appear below. Examination dates, where known, can be found in the relevant dates page for each session:

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Examinations News

Spring 2021 Examination Attempts

3 March 2021

 

Temporary derogation regarding examination attempt numbers

In recognition of the ongoing pandemic and the challenges this presents for all candidates, the College has agreed a continuation of the temporary derogation regarding attempt numbers.  

Where a candidate may be unsuccessful in their attempt at an examination in Spring 2021 this will not be counted towards their overall attempts as follows:

  • For candidates on their first, second or third attempt, their attempt number would also be the same for their next sitting.
  • For candidates on their fourth attempt, their attempt number would also be the same for their next sitting and they would not need to apply to Council for permission to resit.
  • For candidates who have been granted permission by Council to sit the examination for a fifth or sixth attempt, they will not need to reapply for permission to resit their following attempt only.

This derogation is applicable to candidates sitting an examination in any format in the Spring 2021 examination session.

Spring 2021 results date

4 February 2021

A second results date of Friday 4 June has been added for Spring 2021. Results for the following exams will be issued on this date: Part 1 Infection, Part 1 Medical Microbiology and Virology, Combined Infection Certificate (CICE), Part 2 Clinical Biochemistry (all modules), Part 2 Medical Microbiology, Part 2 Virology, and the Certificate of Higher Autopsy Training (CHAT). All other results will be released on the previously published date of Friday 21 May. Candidates have been notified individually of their results date. 

Spring 2021 withdrawals

18 January 2021

The withdrawal deadline for Spring 2021 has been extended to Friday 5 February. 

January 2021 examinations

5 January 2021

The College Examinations team has been considering the impact of the latest government announcements regarding lockdowns in England and Scotland yesterday with regard to the plan to run the Histopathology FRCPath Part 2 examination in January. We were already communicating with candidates about the January examination but the additional restrictions imposed yesterday along with the data regarding increasing infection rates makes it very difficult for the College to justify running the examination in January. It is therefore with huge regret that we have decided not to run the Histopathology FRCPath Part 2 this month. We do not wish to divert NHS resources to the running of an examination at such a crucial time nor for candidates or examiners to have to travel and potentially stay away overnight at this time. We will therefore be transferring all candidates whose examination has not already been deferred to Autumn and were still due to attempt their Histopathology FRCPath Part 2 examination in January to the Spring sitting on 13 and 14 April. While we understand that this will be disappointing, we also recognise that running the examination in January is not the optimum time for our candidates to attempt such a high stakes examination. 

31 December 2020

The College Examinations team has been considering the impact of the latest government data regarding infection rates, the movement of much of the country into Tier 4 and the impact of the combination of Covid-19 and winter pressures on hospitals. It is with huge regret that we have decided not to run the Haematology FRCPath Part 2 in January. This is for a number of reasons but primarily because we are anticipating a continued increase in the number of hospital cases into January and the impact that this will have on our examiners and trainees. We do not wish to divert NHS resources to the running of an examination at such a crucial time and so, we will be transferring all candidates due to attempt their Haematology FRCPath Part 2 examination to the Spring sitting between 14 - 16 April. While we understand that this will be disappointing, we also recognise that running the examination in January is not the optimum time for our candidates to attempt such a high stakes examination. 

4 December 2020

Spring 2021 arrangements

12 November 2020

Histopathology Part 1 Examination - Autumn 2020 Update

Autumn 2020 Update for candidates sitting in-person examinations

30 September 2020

Autumn 2020 Examinations Update

4 September 2020

Part 2 Written Options change

2 September 2020

Candidates are required to submit their finished project no more than three years after the original proposal is accepted by the College. Under current guidance, candidates who do not submit within this time are required to apply for an extension or submit a new proposal.

In order to align arrangements for HSST and non-HSST Clinical Scientist candidates, the College guidance document for Part 2 Written Options will be updated to recommend that candidates experiencing an interruption to their training programme should submit a request to the College for the three year deadline to be paused for an appropriate length of time. Examples as to when this may be appropriate include parental leave, redeployment under Covid-19, or significant family care issues. 

Autumn Examinations Q&A

21 August 2020

View the questions that were answered at the webinar held on Friday 7 August.

Questions and answers

An obvious concern with candidates able to take the exam at home is that it will essentially be 'open book!' Is there too much reliance on probity?

Candidates will be fully live proctored via their webcam so any incidences of suspicious behaviour, such as repeated looking in a particular direction (e.g. downwards glances as if to look at a phone) or excessive toilet breaks, will be raised by the invigilator.

Could candidates take it at work with a consultant educator monitoring the exam (or perhaps have e.g. 5 socially distanced candidates at each hospital site)

You can take the examination in your workplace but it must be taken online in isolation from other candidates.

Could the exam be open book to make it fair across the board? Would help eliminate concerns re cheating.

The examinations will not be made open book and candidates are expected to abide by the Regulations and Guidelines which includes the Candidate Misconduct Policy.

For international candidates, will they be allowed to withdraw penalty free closer to the exam if local COVID restrictions prevent travel?

Yes, that is correct, if COVID restrictions prevent travel you will be allowed to withdraw penalty free - however, please note we will require evidence as to why you cannot attend the exam.

Given the low pass rate have the college put in place measures to provide guidance or support for candidates, for instance a virtual lecture series?

There are a number of revision courses and mock examinations available but these are not affiliated with the College.

How come exam fees have not been reduced?

There are still significant costs involved in setting up online examinations including software, licencing and proctoring costs which are covered by examination fees.

How many centres will be across the country for FRCPath Part 2 exam and how many candidates per centre?

We will confirm centres with candidates soon, but we can confirm there will be more centres than normal to accommodate fewer candidates per centre, so candidates can adequately social distance. 

I feel we will be tested on our typing skills not haematology knowledge. Will more time be allowed to accommodate typing?

As per previous published guidance, an additional 5 minutes per hour will be given for written papers.

If a candidate at short notice cannot sit the Histopathology part 2 exam in Oct (self- isolation/COVID) could there be places left available in Jan for them?

Candidates who cannot attend the exam in October 2020 will not be able to take it in January 2021, and instead will have to wait until Spring 2021. There may be some case by case exceptions to this.

If you cannot secure a January date rather than October, will you still be able to withdraw even if it is after 3rd August?

Part 2 Histopathology candidates have already been informed of which date they have been allocated to.
Once a final decision has been made with regard to Haematology, candidates will be asked for their preference (if a January sitting is going ahead). Candidates who do not receive their preferred date and are unable to sit the exam on the date allocated will be entitled to withdraw with a refund.

Is it still acceptable to make paper notes alongside completing the exam online e.g. when planning answers to the essay questions?

This is covered in the previously published Online FAQ document (below), but no, it will not be possible for candidates to make paper-based notes whilst completing online examinations to preserve the integrity of the examination. Notes and annotations can be made on the online software. Update: candidates may now use a small, handheld whiteboard for making notes during the exam. Please see the Online FAQ below for full details. 

Is there any plan to move to a modular system for FRCPATH part 2?

A number of Part 2 examinations have already been modularised where it is practical to do so, such as Clinical Biochemistry, Genetics and Immunology. There are no plans to modularise any specialties which have not already taken this route.

Is there any provision for candidates with dyslexia?

Reasonable adjustments will be granted in line with the recommendations made in your supporting evidence. If you have been given additional time, then this will be included. Font sizes and colour backgrounds will be able to be changed within the TestReach system.

Microbiology is extended now to 3 days, how will orals work?

The face to face components of the OSPE will be delivered on a separate day to the written stations via video conferencing.

A question I have been asked as virology rep: Online exam compliance with GDPR

TestReach is fully GDPR compliant. Video footage will be temporarily stored in line with GDPR. This is strictly for the purposes of investigating incidents that may take place during an examination. For oral examinations, video footage will be temporarily stored for moderation purposes.

the wait between the exam and result day is very long especially for those whose exam was cancelled in spring- will it be possible to release results earlier?

Results take time to be processed, including marking and moderation, so it will not be possible to bring forward the results date.

What does an environment check involve and what criteria must the environment fulfil? If there is an issue with the environment how is this normally resolved?

The environment check ensures that candidates have no ready access to material such as text books, notes or other electronic devices. The invigilator will ask for any such material to be removed from the room or placed out of reach. 

What guidance will be given to deaneries with regards to extensions to training required as a result of postponing some candidates FRCPath part 2 exam to Jan?

Candidates were offered the choice of sitting in October or January and all candidates received their first choice. As per previous guidance, all candidates were encouraged to choose their examination sitting after consultation with their Educational Supervisor.

What happens if there is an interruption to internet connection

Please see the previously published Online FAQ document for the answer to this question:

What happens if internet connection is lost during online exam

Please see the previously published Online FAQ document for the answer to this question:

What is the contingency of holding exams if a 2nd wave of COVID-19 prompts (a) nationwide and / or (b) local lockdown(s)?

The majority of exams are being held online and so will not be affected. We are doing what we can to avoid lockdown complications for those exams being held in person, such as minimising candidate and examiner travel where possible, and having extra examiners on standby. Arrangements for these exams will be held under ongoing review. 

What is the procedure in the event of internet disruption; if they manage to get logged back in again do they lose all their previous answers?

If your internet drops out, you will be guided by on-screen instructions to reconnect to the exam. Your answers will be safe if this happens, as all data is automatically saved by the system at regular intervals and any time you move to a new question.

What options are available for candidates with severe dyslexia and slow typing speed? Is there an option to use a voice recorder?

Reasonable adjustments will be granted in line with the recommendations made in your supporting evidence.

When will Immunology FRCPath part 2 dates be confirmed? Candidates will need to book study leave- will dates be announced with less than 6 weeks’ notice?

As soon as we have confirmation from the examiners of the dates, they will be published on our website. Update: these are now available on the News and Dates page. 

When will they find out the time of their exam, morning vs. afternoon on 30 Sept

Candidates will be informed of this information soon.

Will the exam contain any specific questions on COVID 19 given the rapidly evolving literature

The examinations are mapped to the current curricula for each specialty so candidates should familiarise themselves with the content of these ahead of the examination. It should be noted that some specialty curricula do reference related content (e.g. novel coronavirus).

Will the software allow for flow diagrams/tables in the essay questions in part one?

This feature will be available for all essay papers. You will be able to create tables and use a drawing tool to create diagrams.

Will there be an extra sitting exclusively for candidates who were supposed to sit exams in the Spring? If not it disadvantages those in small specialties.

All candidates who were due to sit in Spring have been deferred to the Autumn sitting, regardless of when the usual timing of their examination is.

Will there be any changes in the format FRCPath Part 1 haematology, in particular the essays? Will it still be the long essays, or short format questions?

There will be no changes to the format of any of the examinations, only the delivery method has changed.

Will those sitting electronic exams receive a partial refund as the College are no longer paying for room bookings or invigilation?

There are still significant costs associated with running online examinations such as software, licencing and invigilation costs so the fees will remain the same.

Will trainees be able to look forward and go back to questions for SAQS to add bits later on and correct if necessary or is it a 'one way' through the exam?

The online examinations will replicate the scenario of a paper based examination so for the majority of question types you will be able to go back and forth between questions, but in some - such as OSPEs where questions are timed - you will not be able to.

Will we be able to use electronic drawing implements (i.e. e-drawing pad) for the FRCPath part 1 exams or will there be an appropriate tool to draw diagrams?

This feature will be available for all essay papers. You will be able to create tables and use a drawing tool to create diagrams within your essays.

Will we be able to withdraw with a full refund if the software does not suit how we have revised answering questions once we have had chance to trial this?

There will be no changes to the format or content of the questions and past/sample papers are available on the website under each specialty for you to familiarise yourselves with them.

Will you be allowed a calculator now that part 1 has more calculations in it?

Yes, candidates are permitted to use a non-programmable scientific calculator. There is also a simple calculator available in the TestReach system.

With online invigilators via webcam/mic, if doing the exam at work in a room with other candidates does each pc need a webcam/mic or is one in the room ok?

Each device requires its own webcam and microphone so that the invigilator can observe the individual candidate. Candidates are not permitted to sit the exam in a room with other candidates. 

 

Stage A Chemical Pathology Examination

31 July 2020

The College regrets to inform candidates that the September sitting of the Chemical Pathology Stage A Examination has been postponed pending further guidance from the GMC.

Candidates have been notified personally of this development and will be updated once the route to progression through training in light of this decision has been confirmed.

Candidates will have their examination fee refunded and the College will aim to give at least twelve weeks' notice of any revised dates.

Temporary derogation of examination attempt numbers, Autumn 2020

30 July 2020

Part 1/Certificate/Diploma Examination Dates Autumn 2020

29 July 2020

As advised in our news post of 27 July, the move to online examinations has required some changes to the dates of the Part 1/Diploma/Certificate examinations in order to accommodate all candidates on the TestReach server. These will now take place on Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23, Thursday 24 and Wednesday 30 September as follows:

Tuesday 22 September: Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, Infection/CICE, Medical Genetics and Medical Microbiology & Virology

Wednesday 23 September: Dermatopathology, Genetics, H&I, Molecular Pathology, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Thursday 24 September: Haematology, Haematology Clinical Science, Oral Pathology, Reproductive Science

Wednesday 30 September: Histopathology

Autumn 2020 Arrangements

27 July 2020

The following documents contain information regarding the delivery methods for the Autumn examinations and some frequently asked questions to accompany the Spring 2020 deferral questions. Please read both new documents.

Autumn 2020 Examinations

10 July 2020

Applications for the Autumn 2020 examinations are now closed and candidates will have their entry to the session confirmed on 31 July 2020. We are in the process finalising the arrangements for delivery of the examinations - some Part 1 and Part 2 dates may be subject to change as a result of this - and are awaiting regulatory approval for the changes. This process has taken longer than anticipated but as soon as we have this we will be able to inform candidates of the method of delivery of their examination and we aim to have this information available ahead of confirming entries.

We understand that candidates are concerned about the approaching withdrawal deadline, and if we are unable to confirm the method of delivery before that date, we will look at extending the deadline further.

Clinical Biochemistry Part 2 Autumn 2020

19 June 2020

Please note that due to venue availability for Module 1, the dates for the Part 2 examination in Clinical Biochemistry have changed slightly. Module 1 will now be held on Wednesday 16 September, and Module 2 on Friday 18 September.

For Module 1, we are looking into using multiple centres across the country, with the aim of reducing travel for candidates as much as possible. Appropriate social distancing measures will also be in place. We hope to confirm centres in early July. We are still exploring the possibility of holding Module 2 remotely online, subject to regulatory approval, and as previously announced we hope to have more details on this by the end of June, and confirmed by the end of July. Thank you for your patience. 

Transfusion Science Part 1 postponement

19 June 2020

In response to trainee concerns about workload and disruptions to exam preparation, the Part 1 examination in Transfusion Science scheduled for Autumn 2020 will be postponed to Spring 2021. 

Histopathology Part 2 Autumn 2020

5 June 2020

Due to the high number of candidates, we will be running two sittings of this examination – 13&14 October, and 26&27 January. Candidates who wish to sit in January should apply as normal for the Autumn session. Once applications close, all candidates will be contacted for their date preference. Please do not email us your request until we have contacted you.

While we cannot guarantee you the date of your choice, we will try wherever possible to accommodate candidates' preferences, with priority given to those candidates entered for Spring 2020. Candidates who do not receive their preferred date and are unable to sit the exam on the date allocated will be entitled to withdraw with a refund. 

Please note, those candidates who sit in January will not be able to re-sit in the Spring exam session. 

CHCCT Examination Autumn 2020

21 May 2020

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the College regrets to inform candidates that the Certificate of Higher Cervical Cytology Training will not be offered in Autumn 2020 due to logistical issues with the practical delivery of the examination. This decision has been taken with the best interests of candidate health and welfare in mind. Candidates will be advised as soon as possible when this examination will be offered in 2021.

Part 2 Examinations Autumn 2020

14 May 2020

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty surrounding international travel, the College strongly advises Part 2 candidates who are based overseas to give serious consideration to their exam application. The College is exploring options for offering some Part 2 examinations in a remote format but this is not possible for Haematology, Histopathology, and Clinical Biochemistry Module 1, and so overseas candidates would need to travel to the UK to sit these examinations. Candidates should consider carefully the risks of international travel at this time. For the latest news on travel into the UK, please see the UK Home Office website

Candidates who withdraw at any point due to Covid-19 travel restrictions will have their fee refunded. 

Please note that the next overseas sitting of the Part 2 Histopathology examination will take place in Autumn 2021.

Candidate survey

1 May 2020

The College is conducting a survey of all existing examination candidates for the FRCPath, Certificate, Diploma and Stage A examinations and potential candidates for the BMS examinations and Autumn 2020 to gauge likely numbers for examinations for the remainder of 2020. Any candidates who applied for Spring 2020 or a Stage A exam, or are considering applying for Autumn 2020, Spring 2021 or the BMS examinations, are encouraged to complete the survey no later than Sunday 10 May.

Spring 2020 deferred examinations

1 May 2020

There will be no College examinations taking place before September 2020. Where feasible the Spring and Autumn sittings of examinations will be combined; in specialties where an examination is normally only run in the Spring session this will be accommodated in Autumn 2020. At Part 2 in the larger specialties there may be a further Autumn date in January 2021 to accommodate as many candidates as possible. The January examination would be an extension of the Autumn sitting and not an additional session in its own right.

The College will aim to give candidates at least 12 weeks’ notice of examination dates – some of these are already available on our website but may be subject to change. In smaller specialties this level of notice may not be possible for logistical reasons but will take place within the advised examination period.

Autumn 2020 examinations

1 May 2020

In the event of restrictions being in place to prevent transmission of Covid-19, there will be some changes in the way that examinations are delivered in Autumn 2020 – these may include online written examinations and viva/oral examinations using video conferencing but these changes are subject to regulatory approval. Once it is clearer what restrictions are likely to be in place in September/October, candidates will be notified of any changes to delivery of their examination.

Arrangements for the examination, once confirmed, will be made available on the College website.

Applications for the Autumn 2020 examination session will open on 15 May and close Friday 3 July. Please note that if you registered for the Spring 2020 examinations and have not withdrawn, you do not need to reapply for Autumn. If you registered for Spring 2020 and do not wish to sit this Autumn, please email us to withdraw. Thank you. 

Stage A BMS Reporting Examination

9 April 2020

The College regrets to inform potential candidates that the June sitting of the BMS Stage A Reporting Examination has been postponed until further notice in light of the current Covid-19 outbreak. The College will aim to give candidates 12 weeks’ notice of a rescheduled date.

This decision has been taken after discussion at all levels within the College and has been taken with the best interests of the candidates, examiners and centre organisers in mind.

The College is working closely with the IBMS to ensure that candidates can continue to work through their diploma.

Further information regarding rescheduled dates for examinations and applications will be available in due course.

Stage A Histopathology Examination

9 April 2020

The College regrets to inform candidates that the June sitting of the Histopathology Stage A Examination has been postponed pending further guidance in light of the current Covid-19 outbreak.

Candidates have been notified personally of this development and will be updated once the route to progression through training in light of this decision has been confirmed.

Candidates will have their examination fee refunded and the College will aim to give at least twelve weeks' notice of any revised dates.

Update for all Spring 2020 examination candidates

13 March 2020

The College regrets to inform candidates that the Spring 2020 FRCPath, Certificate and Diploma examinations and the first sittings of the Histopathology and Chemical Pathology Stage A examinations have been postponed until further notice in light of the current Covid-19 outbreak.

This decision has been taken after discussion at all levels within the College and has been taken with the best interests of the candidates, examiners and centre organisers in mind.

Candidates have been notified personally of this development.

In light of this decision, The College will be developing more guidance to help Heads of Schools and trainees when carrying out ARCPs in the spring, and working with external stakeholders to support them in developing similar guidance for other candidates, such as clinical scientists, as required.

Further information regarding rescheduled dates for examinations will be available in due course. We will be monitoring the situation carefully over the coming weeks and appreciate your patience as we work to confirm the details going forward. If you wish to withdraw from the examination and receive a refund of your exam fee, rather than have your exam entry deferred, please email exams@rcpath.org. You will still be entitled to a refund if you choose to withdraw later once the new exam dates are confirmed.

The President, Professor Jo Martin, has made a statement regarding the Spring session.

 

 

Changes to the exam application process

4 November 2019

The College has made improvements to its online examination application process, which means there are some slight changes to the way exam applicants will apply for future examinations.

From the end of November, when applications open for the Spring 2020 examinations, there will be a change in the process for submitting sponsor forms to sit any College examination. Sponsor forms must now be uploaded as part of the online application process, rather than emailed separately to the Examinations Department. The sponsor form will be made available on the applications page, where it can be downloaded and signed before starting the application process. The completed form must then be uploaded as part of the application. All candidates for FRCPath, Certificate, Diploma, Stage A and BMS examinations must upload a completed sponsor form in order to submit the application.

Exam applicants will also now be able to pause their application partway through, using a new Save and Continue function, enabling them to fit applying into a busy working week. Applications can be resumed throughout the duration of the relevant application period. Please note: any applications that are incomplete when the application period closes will not be saved or accepted.

We are excited about the changes to our application form and hope the new streamlined process makes it easier for exam candidates to apply to their chosen examinations.

Applications for the Spring 2020 examinations will open in the last week of November and close on Wednesday 8 January 2020. Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make their application as early on in the application window as possible, to ensure they have sufficient time to have their sponsor form signed before the closing deadline. Candidates are reminded that, as per the Examinations Regulations and Guidelines, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Candidate conduct

16 September 2019

While the vast majority of candidates behave with complete integrity, following some recent incidents candidates are reminded that when they apply to sit one of the College's examinations they agree to abide by the Examinations Regulations and Guidelines.

These Regulations and Guidelines include a candidate misconduct policy. Candidate misconduct can take many forms, including memorising questions from an examination and reproducing them elsewhere (regardless of whether this is done for profit).

The College owns the copyright for its examination questions. Unauthorised reproduction of examination questions will be treated as breach of copyright and candidate misconduct.

Penalties for proven candidate misconduct can include declaring the result of an exam void, barring a candidate from applying for College examinations for a specified period, and reporting details of the misconduct to the General Medical Council, Health and Care Professional Council or equivalent regulatory body. Where the College's intellectual property has been infringed, the College also reserves the right to initiate civil proceedings, criminal prosecution or both.

Current and potential examination candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with the College's Examination Regulations and Guidelines, which can he found here.

Changes to the Part 2 examination in Immunology

9 May 2019

The FRCPath Part 2 Immunology examination comprises three parts: a practical examination, an oral examination, and a written project.

The General Medical Council has approved the following changes for candidates in a UK medical training programme:

Trainees with a CCT date on or before 30 April 2020

The examination format is unchanged. Trainees must pass the FRCPath Part 2 Immunology examination including the written option as part of the FRCPath Part 2 exam in order to be eligible for a CCT in Immunology.

Trainees with a CCT date on or after 1 May 2020

Trainees must pass the FRCPath Part 2 examination but this does not need to include the written option. Trainees will, however, need to demonstrate that they have completed all relevant Work Place Based Assessments (which will be checked at ARCP) in order to be eligible for a CCT in Immunology.

Arrangements for Clinical Scientists sitting this examination are unchanged.

Changes to the Part 1 examination in Clinical Biochemistry

23 October 2017

From Autumn 2018, the Royal College of Pathologists will introduce a new format for the FRCPath Part 1 Clinical Biochemistry examination. The new examination will comprise a single paper of 125 multiple choice questions (MCQs) in single best answer format. 

Changes to the Part 1 examination in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

1 September 2017

From Spring 2019, there will be a change in the format of the Part 1 examination in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. The examination will comprise of two three hour papers each consisting of 20 structured short answer questions: sample questions and some further guidance can be found in the documents below.

Timing of the Certificate of Higher Cervical Cytology Training

10 March 2017

From 2018, this examination will be offered once a year in the Autumn session. 

Timing of the Molecular Pathology Examinations

15 December 2016

The Part 1 examination in Molecular Pathology will be offered in the Autumn session only from 2018.

A Part 2 examination in Molecular Pathology will be available annually from Autumn 2017. Further information will be available on the specialty page in due course.

Changes to the Genetics Examinations

15 December 2016

From 2018, candidates who have been successful in the Part 1 Practical examination will continue to proceed to the Part 2 Oral examination. Candidates who are successful in the written examination but not the practical examination will proceed to a new format Part 2 Oral and Practical examination in combined Genetics regardless of the written paper taken. The Part 1 written examination will be available in the Autumn session only and the Part 2 practical and oral in the Spring session only. The Part 1 examination will be offered in the combined Genetics only. The standard of the practical in Part 2 will be comparable to the practical in Part 1. 

The Part 2 oral examination in Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics will be available until Spring 2020.

The Part 2 examination will be modularised so candidates will have the option to sit their practical and oral components in separate sittings and in an order which best fits their training. Candidates will no longer need to have passed their Part 2 written option before proceeding to the Part 2 Oral/Practical or Oral examination but must have their project proposal approved prior to the closing deadline for the examination session in which they wish to sit.

Reproductive Science (formerly Clinical Embryology)

30 November 2016

Candidates who have previously taken and passed the Part 1 Practical examination will be eligible to proceed to the Part 2 Oral examination until Autumn 2020. This will be offered in both sessions.

Candidates who have passed the Part 1 Written examination but not the Part 1 Practical examination will proceed to the new format Part 2 Oral and Practical Examination, details of which are available on the specialty page for Reproductive Science.

Candidates will no longer need to have passed their Part 2 written option before proceeding to the Part 2 Oral/Practical or Oral examination but must have their project proposal approved prior to the closing deadline for the examination session in which they wish to sit.

Changes to the Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Examinations

30 November 2016

From 2018, candidates who have been successful in the Part 1 Practical examination will continue to proceed to the Part 2 Oral examination. Candidates who are successful in either the new format written examination or the old format written examination but not the practical examination will proceed to a new format Part 2 Oral and Practical examination.

Candidates will no longer need to have passed their Part 2 written option before proceeding to the Part 2 Oral/Practical or Oral examination, however from Spring 2020 they must have their project proposal approved prior to the closing deadline for the examination session in which they wish to sit.

Confirmation of routes to FRCPath Part 2 examination in Molecular Pathology

3 March 2016

We have produced guidance on routes to the FRCPath Part 2 examination in Molecular Pathology. Full details can be found on the Molecular Pathology specialty information page