What is the GPhC Exam?
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) exam otherwise known as the "Registration Assessment" or "Pre-reg exam" is the exam a pharmacy graduate must pass in order to become a licensed pharmacist practising in the UK. Once the exam is passed, the graduate student becomes a professional pharmacist and is allowed to work using this title within the 14,000 or so pharmacies within the UK.
The GPhC is the current regulatory and professional body of pharmacy in the UK (there are currently talks that this may be handed over to the CQC in the near future). Have a look at our refined GPhC Syllabus to see what they expect of pharmacy pre-registration (pre-reg) students. The GPhC sets the exams for graduate pharmacy students wishing to practice in the UK as licensed pharmacists. Before the exam can be taken, students have to complete satisfactorily 45 weeks work in a pharmacy as a pre-reg. The schedule for which is shown below:
Once this process has been successfully completed, the candidate may then sit for the GPhC Exam. The examination takes place on two occasions each year:
- Summer (the last Friday in June) - usually first-timers.
- Autumn (the last Friday in September) - usually second timers.
In recent years, there have been quite a few changes to the exam this mainly has been a shift in focus to concentrate more on patient scenarios and "acute" pharmacy calculations.
The courses presented PharmacyCPA have been created to provide the most updated resources on the web. Once you have passed the exam, you do not automatically become a pharmacist, you will need to pay a fee to the GPhC so that you can get your GPhC number and get entered on their register. Have a look at our guide for newly registered pharmacists for more information.