New-look pre-reg exam sees four-year pass rate high

The 95% June pass rate is the highest since June 2012

The pass rate for this June's registration exam was the highest in four years, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has revealed.

The 2,804 students who took the first sitting of the regulator's new-look exam last month (June 30) achieved a pass rate of 95%, the highest June pass rate since 2012, when the same percentage of students passed the exam.

The results are a stark improvement on last year's June pass rate of 74% – the lowest for six years.

Changing format

The students who sat the June exam were the first to take the regulator's revamped assessment, which was designed to focus on "patient-facing pharmacy practice" and "evaluate if trainees can demonstrate the knowledge and skills required by early career pharmacists to practise safely and effectively". 

The regulator made a "host of resources" available to pre-registration students, tutors and training providers last year to help them prepare for the new exam format, it said.

GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin congratulated the candidates who passed the exam and "wished them well" for the future. 

The pass list for the June registration exam can be seen here.

This year's pre-reg trainees can pick up tips on working as a newly-qualified pharmacist in C+D's podcast, below.

Those due to sit the exam in September can pick up revision tips in another C+D podcast, below.

Did you pass June's registration exam?

Anonymous Anonymous, Information Technology

Woohoo more cannon fodder!

Sushil Sharma, Community pharmacist


Ramin Hashemi, Student

more pharmacist in the market means the professional losses further its value which we already have, we end up crap rate as we alrady do and treated worse hence there is someone who cant get a job and dnt mind doing it... what a shame  we cant do nothing about this.

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Good luck to them. Much older pharmacists like myself are handing over a profession that we have left in tatters, they need no lectures from us. 

Michael The Locum , Locum pharmacist

Congratulations to all our new colleagues, and welcome to the profession. I hope you have a long and fulfilling career. 






Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

It's hard not to thing negative when things like this pop up but I'll second that. Best of British to them all. Hopefully they won't need it....

Kirankumar Patel, Locum pharmacist

Nearly 3,000 qualifying to work .. From next month !!!! are there enough jobs  ???

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Ahem....forget the numbers game and focus on how to grow, develop and diversify in terms of what you can personally deliver as a pharmacist or otherwise.

It's tough out there but waht can you do?

P M, Community pharmacist

great news sure to drive the locum prices down even further...

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