Stage A Examinations

In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, and the move in the UK to the ‘delay’ phase of managing the outbreak, the College has taken the hard decision to defer the Spring examinations, the Stage A Histopathology examinations, and the May sitting of the Stage A Chemical Pathology examination.

The examinations will be rescheduled later in the year. We will stay in touch with candidates and examiners regarding dates and arrangements.

Read College President Professor Jo Martin's full statement on the situation.


The Stage A Examination has been developed for UK trainees who are undertaking a training programme in ST1 Chemical Pathology, ST3 Chemical Pathology (Metabolic Medicine), and ST1 Histopathology. 

Trainees must be registered with The Royal College of Pathologists before applying for the Stage A Examination. The registration form and guidance for trainees is available in the Training section of our website

The purpose of the Stage A Examination is to indicate the capability and potential of a trainee through a test of applied knowledge and skills relevant to the curriculum.