One university had pass rate of below 70% in June exam

The average pass rate this year was 17 percentage points lower than 2016
The average pass rate this year was 17 percentage points lower than 2016

Kingston University had the lowest first-attempt pass rate in June's registration exam, according to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Kingston had a pass rate of 61% – the only university to score below 70% – among its students sitting the exam for the first time, according to GPhC papers published ahead of the regulator’s council meeting last week (September 7).

The University of Sunderland claimed the top spot, with a pass rate of 93% (see below for a full breakdown).

A Kingston University spokesperson pointed out that the assessment was taken a year after students finished their pharmacy degrees, but added that it is comparing candidates’ exam achievements to their university performance “to see if any trends could be identified”.

The university is also undertaking “further work” to examine where additional support for students during their pre-reg training provider can be given, including “face-to-face support from tutors” as well as a “peer support programme” with pharmacy alumni who passed their registration exam.

The GPhC announced in July that the overall pass rate for all students sitting the June exam was 78% – 17 percentage points lower than the previous year's June sitting.

At the time, the regulator noted this fall was “more consistent with previous pass rates for June sittings”.

The average pass rate in the June 2016 exam was 95% – the highest since 2012 – when the lowest pass rate was the University of Lancashire's 86%.

Variation between sectors

There was an 18 percentage point variation between first-attempt candidates from community and hospital sectors in June 2017, with 76% of candidates from community placements passing the exam, compared with 94% of their community-based colleagues.

What was the first-time pass rate for each university?
Pharmacy school
First-attempt pass rate
Aston University
85%
University of Bath
92%
University of Bradford (four-year degree)
74%
University of Bradford (five-year degree)
79%
University of Brighton
71%
Cardiff University
92%
University of Central Lancashire
74%
De Montfort University
80%
University of East Anglia
89%
University of Hertfordshire
71%
University of Huddersfield
79%
Keele University
89%
King's College London
82%
Kingston University
61%
Liverpool John Moores University
80%
University of Manchester
90%
Medway School of Pharmacy
82%
University of Nottingham
86%
University of Portsmouth
73%
University of Reading
73%
The Robert Gordon University
84%
University of Strathclyde
86%
University of Sunderland
93%
University College London
84%
University of Wolverhampton
73%
2 Comments
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How did you find your registration exam?

Barrie Smith, Community pharmacist

Congratulations to Sunderland as my ex University... eh I mean Polytechnic. Well done!

Andy Burrells, Community pharmacist

Well done Sunderland Alumni. I know the team work their backsides off and give everything they have to getting their students through and it shows!

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