Stage A Examinations

In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the College has taken the hard decision to defer the Stage A Histopathology and the Stage A Chemical Pathology examinations. 

We are currently waiting to hear from the GMC about the future of these examinations and trainees will be kept informed accordingly. 

Trainees who have applied for these examinations have been notified personally and will have their examination fee refunded. 


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.