Registration assessment: What to do when you receive your results

On this page, you will find everything you need to do when you receive your registration assessment results and details about support available from us and other organisations.

If you have passed the assessment 

Congratulations to those who passed the assessment. If you will be joining the register for the first time, take a look at our Registering as a pharmacist  fact sheet. This contains information about registration and looking for work.

If you are looking for work as a pharmacist, we have plenty of available resources, including our  Looking for work: job vacancy sites fact sheet which provides information on where you can find advertised jobs online. Some newly registered pharmacists will take on the role of a locum. If you are unsure if this is right for you, or want some further information about working as a locum you can find this information here in our Locum fact sheet.

GPhC information

On the GPhC registration sitting page they have provided the following links:

Results and registration section, with information about registering, guidance for unsuccessful candidates, the appeals form, and a link to the assuring the registration assessment page, where they have included further information about how the papers are created and marked, and response to a FOI request about marking of the March 2021 assessment.

Registration as a pharmacist

Important: You cannot practise as a pharmacist until you have received your GPhC registration number and your name appears on the online register. Your first-year fee payment receipt is not proof of your registration.

If you have failed the assessment 

If you are unsuccessful at a registration assessment sitting, the GPhC will send you guidance with your results. This explains the appeals system, and preparing to sit the assessment again. If you have any further questions on your next steps after reading the guidance, please get in touch with the GPhC contact centre on 020 8713 8000.

If you have failed the assessment, it is only natural if you feel disappointed. Feelings of anger, despair and disappointment are common; however, it is important to try to keep your perspective. You might find it useful to talk to a Listening Friend. You may also wish to check out our latest fact sheet: Using CBT to help you cope with not passing the assessment

If you are facing financial difficulties following failing the assessment, you may be able to apply for financial assistance from us. We may also be able to help by referring you to a specialist Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) adviser for debt and benefits advice. If you would like to be referred email us at


Trainees who have failed the assessment can no longer request a re-mark. You can submit an appeal if you believe that you have sufficient grounds to do so. The GPhC stresses that an appeal can only be made on the basis of new information/circumstances coming to light that you could not have been aware of on the day, or on the grounds that the correct procedure has not been applied/followed.

Members of the PDA can contact the organisation for advice on submitting an appeal to the GPhC. Further details can be found on the PDA website.

If something goes wrong on the day of the assessment you must inform the invigilator, and contact the GPhC as soon as possible to request a nullification. Appeals are not accepted for anything that could have formed the basis of a request for nullification. Requests for appeals must be submitted by 30 September 2021. All appeals must be submitted to the GPhC here:

Even if you are waiting for the outcome of an appeal, it is advisable that you register for your next attempt of the exam by the deadline date. If you have special requirements and need adjustments, such as extra time, you will need to put in a fresh application to the GPhC. You cannot carry over any adjustments agreed for a previous exam.

For further information, see section 6.4 of the GPhC pre-registration manual.

If you have failed three times

If you have failed your pre-registration assessment three times, rest assured that there are a number of alternative career options available to you.

Remember that you do have a good science degree as well as your own skills, knowledge and experience and many graduate vacancies do not specify particular degree disciplines. Pharmacist Support’s careers information provides options for pharmacy graduates  and has information on getting careers advice and career options, including alternative career suggestions such as teaching, further research and medical/scientific proof-reading.

You can also still submit an appeal. See above under appeals for further information.

PDA members: If this was your third and final attempt or you had to resit in summer 2021 and this takes you beyond the 8 years limitation, please contact the PDA to seek guidance on your individual circumstances.

Registering for another assessment

You can find future assessment dates and entry deadlines on the key dates page.

You do not need to meet any extra requirements to sit the registration assessment again but you should reflect on whether you were ready to sit the assessment, and if there are any other factors that may affect your performance on the day.

You may find it helpful to develop a SMART action plan to help you identify what you need to do to be ready to sit the assessment again, and to manage any factors that may affect your performance. See section 3.5 formore information about setting SMART objectives.  

The actions you need to take, and the resources you will need to help you will depend on the issues and objectives you identify.

In order to undertake a third attempt at the assessment, previously trainees were required to undertake a further six-month placement. The GPhC has now removed this requirement from the regulations, so if you are sitting for a third time in 2021 you will not be required to complete an additional placement. For further information see the GPhC pre-registration manual.

Preparing for a re-sit 

Requesting adjustments for a re-sit

If you have failed your first or second attempt at the assessment, are planning to register to sit the November 2021 assessment and you need adjustments, such as extra time, you will have to put in a fresh application to the GPhC. You cannot carry over any adjustments agreed for the previous exam. You must submit your application form by 6 September 2021. There is no process for dealing with late adjustment requests for this sitting. For further information about applying to sit the registration assessment, see the GPhC website.

Dates for the Autumn Assessment sitting

The sitting date is 16 November 2021.

Information for Provisionally Registered Pharmacists

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Career options for MPharm graduates

Are you looking for a role away from pharmacy? This page contains information for trainees who have failed the assessment three times, and graduates who do not want to train as pharmacists.