Pre-reg exam pass rates varied widely according to pharmacy discipline, location and ethnicity last year, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has revealed.
Nearly a quarter of trainees in England failed their first registration exam last June compared to less than one in 10 in Scotland and Wales, the GPhC announced in its annual report, published on Thursday (July 3).
There was similar disparity between community and hospital pharmacy trainees, with 24 per cent of community trainees failing first time as opposed to 9 per cent of hospital trainees, the analysis of last year's June exam sitting found.
Pass rates also varied widely between different ethnic groups, data from more than 100 people suggested. Ninety three per cent of white British trainees who gave their ethnicity data passed first time compared to 55 per cent of black African trainees.
The GPhC pledged to investigate the reasons for the differences in pass rates and "take action if necessary".
The differences appeared to mirror the GPhC's data on satisfaction with pre-reg placements, gathered from 905 pre-registration trainees who completed the 2012-13 training year. Sixty one per cent in England rated their educational supervision as good or excellent, compared to 71 per cent in Wales and 82 per cent in Scotland, revealed the data, published last month.