The assessment period can be a very stressful time. This is especially true of the final days leading up to results day. So, no matter what your results, we’ve gathered some useful information on your options.
Passed the assessment
Congratulations to those who passed the July 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. A lot of 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.
Failed the assessment
If you fail the assessment it is only natural that you will feel disappointed. Feelings of anger and disappointment are common; take some time out to relax with friends and family, and don’t be embarrassed about feeling upset. If you would like some peer support to help with how you’re feeling, get in touch and we can arrange for you to speak to one of our Listening Friends.
Preparing for a re-sit
You may have felt that your pre-registration training left you with little time to study. If this is the case then once your pre-registration placement is complete, you will have more time to organise a sensible revision timetable.
Our GPhC assessment fact sheet has more information about preparing for the exam.
There are a number of revision sites that can help trainees to prepare. Many of these sites offer free trials which can help you to decide which best fits your revision needs. Here are some suggestions to get you started:-
Exam stress can affect pre-registration trainees in varying ways. If you think that exam stress may negatively impact your performance, you could consider learning a coping technique, for example, mindfulness.
According to the NHS, studies have found that mindfulness programmes, can bring about reductions in stress and improvements in mood. For further information on mindfulness, see our Mindfulness fact sheet.
For further information on coping with stress, see our Help with Stress fact sheet.
For further information on coping with anxiety, see our Help with Anxiety fact sheet.
Our visualisation and preparedness video contains tips for the assessment from our Senior Wellbeing Officer, Melissa.
Wardley Wellbeing Hub
The Wardley Wellbeing Hub is a practical area of our site dedicated to you and your wellbeing needs. It hosts a range of resources and pharmacy stories, with the aim of helping you to take control of your wellbeing and support your colleagues and peers to do the same. You can find a range of free resources, including:
- Wellbeing self-study learning modules
- Downloadable and printable resources to use with your team
- Tips and advice from your pharmacist family across the country
- Info about other useful tools and apps
To access free wellbeing resources, click here.
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.
The deadline for submitting an appeal is the 30th September 2021. Even if you are waiting for the outcome of an appeal, it is advisable that you begin to prepare for the November 2021 assessment in case your appeal is not successful.
For further information, see section 6.4 of the GPhC pre-registration manual.
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.
For further information about applying to sit the registration assessment, see the GPhC website.
If you have any feedback about the exam, in the first instance you should contact the GPhC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registering for a third attempt
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, section 6.3.
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 advice and options for pharmacy graduates fact sheet has information on getting careers advice and on 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.
For further information about other organisations who offer support to trainees, click here.