What does MRCPCH stand for?

Membership of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health. 

What does the MRCPCH exam involve? 

The exam is usually taken during the period of basic specialist training, which in the UK normally lasts for two to three years. It replaced the MRCP (UK) paediatrics exam in June 1999.

It has four sections:

  • Foundation of Practice, in which a written paper tests basic clinical knowledge in paediatrics.
  • Theory and Science, in which a written paper tests the science underpinning paediatric practice.
  • Applied Knowledge in Practice, which consists of two papers taken in one day, which predominantly feature questions based on clinical scenarios.
  • Clinical, which involves assessed interactions with children and their families.

Success in one exam leads to a timed registration period of entry into the next exam. 

Why should I take this exam?

It will provide you with the normal entry requirement for higher specialist training in paediatrics. 

Successfully completing the Clinical section allows for entry to membership of the college. 

How can I register to take the MRCPCH exams?

You can apply directly with the RCPCH. For more information about how to do this, visit their 'how to apply web page'. 

You must then contact the British Council and we will administer the exam.

When are the exams and how much do they cost?

For examination dates and fees, please visit the RCPCH website.


The British Council and the examining boards take all reasonable steps to provide continuity of service. We feel sure you will understand, however, that we cannot be held responsible for any interruptions caused by circumstances beyond our control.

If examinations or their results are disrupted, cancelled or delayed, every effort will be made to resume normal service as soon as possible. The British Council’s liability will be limited to the refund of the registration fee or retesting at a later date. 

Do you organise exams for people with disabilities?

We do our best to cater for any special needs. You will be assessed fairly and objectively irrespective of disability.

If you require special arrangements please get in touch directly with the board.

Where can I find our more information about the MRCPCH exam?

For comprehensive details about the exam visit the RCPCH website

Contact us to find out more about us and how we can help arrange your exam.

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