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Part A Results and Feedback


Papers are anonymised and marked by examiners working individually.

The process of marking Part A examination questions and reaching agreement as to the final mark on each question for each candidate is as follows:

  • For Paper I, two examiners each mark two questions, that is pair A mark questions 1 & 2, pair B mark questions 3 & 4, etc.
  • For Paper II, two examiners each mark Paper IIA and two different examiners each mark Paper IIB.

A total of 14 examiners are therefore involved in marking the examination scripts from each sitting of the Part A. This process ensures that each script is double marked.

Each examiner marks their allotted scripts independently. Questions in Paper I are each marked out of 10, while each section (A & B) of Paper II is marked out of 50. Examiners mark against the mark scheme and initially 'blind' to the pass mark and their colleague examiner's mark.

Only once both examiners have completed their marking are they supplied with (1) the pass mark for each question marked and (2) the marks of their co-examiner.

The paired examiners then discuss and compare their results in order to reach a set of agreed marks for each script. The two agreed marks from each examiner are averaged to derive the final mark for that question for each candidate.

Before submitting their agreed marks, examiners need to ensure that their two separate marks comply with certain rules:

  • In Paper I, the two marks may not differ by more than two points (eg. a five and a seven is satisfactory but not a five and an eight).
  • In Paper II, the two marks may not differ by more than five points (10%).
  • In either paper, the two marks may not constitute a difference between a pass and a fail, ie. they must both be either pass marks or fail marks, eg. 3 & 4, or 5 & 6, but not 4 & 5  (where the pass mark was 5, as an example or in Paper II: 23 & 24, or 25 & 26, but not 24 & 25 (where the pass mark was 25, as an example).

If their individual marks do not meet these rules, the examiners discuss how they reached their marks on those candidates' papers. This may sometimes lead to one or both of the examiners agreeing to change their mark(s) to ensure the rules are met (either by increasing or decreasing), or they may agree to re-mark that candidate's paper. Re-marking is often carried out when the results span the pass/fail borderline. The results following re-marking are again compared and any remaining discrepancies are re-discussed. This process continues until the rules are met, which is usually achieved within two reviews.

The final mark on each paper for every candidate sitting the examination is individually discussed and agreed at the Examinations Board meeting. Candidates must pass both Paper I and Paper II separately in order to pass overall. For further details see the Part A marking algorithm used by the Executive Examiners.

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Extenuating Circumstances

Candidates may inform FPH of serious circumstances that occurred on the date of the examination and that adversely affected their examination performance, by submitting an extenuating circumstances form.

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Examination results will be sent first class and marked "private and confidential" within three days of the Part A results meeting. From January 2018, results will also be emailed to the address on the application form if requested. A pass list and results summary will also be published on the FPH website on the second Monday following the Part A results meeting. Examination results will not be given over the telephone. Results are not posted in the FPH premises.

The result for all candidates will be sent to Faculty Advisers and Programme Directors.

All candidates who are unsuccessful in the examination will receive feedback on their examination performance in the form of marks as well as examiners' general comments about overall question performance. Candidates will not receive detailed individual feedback.

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It is possible to 'bank' papers at Part A. This means that if the candidate does not pass the examination but has passed an individual paper, this result can be banked so that the candidate need not sit this paper again. This is feasible due to the explicit separation of knowledge and skills between Papers I and II.

Please note the following:

  • An individual paper (I or II) may be banked only when it has been passed.
  • As of January 2017, FPH no longer stipulates that candidates who bank a paper at a sitting must then sit the remaining paper at each subsequent examination. The limit on holding a banked paper is now one year (two sittings). If the candidate requires longer then they should submit a statement from their educational supervisor or training programme director which will be considered by the Part A Chair. This is because any longer than a year is likely to impact on training progress.
  • There will be no change in the examination fees for sittings of individual papers.
  • Candidates must continue to take both parts (papers) of the examination at the same sitting, unless a paper has been banked previously.

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Candidates who wish to appeal against their examination results should consult the appeal procedures.

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Latest Results

Examination date: January 2018

Results summary
Candidates who sat the examination 75
Candidates who passed 51
Candidates who failed 17
Candidates who banked Paper I 2
Candidates who banked Paper II 5
% who banked a paper 9%
% who banked a paper or passed 77%
Pass rate* 68%
Candidates who sat the examination in UK public health training
Candidates who passed 46
Candidates who banked a paper 4
% who banked a paper or passed 78%
Pass rate for those in UK public health training schemes* 72%
* Please note that this pass rate also includes candidates who have passed as a result of banking a previous paper
Successful Candidates
(Please note that candidates have received official notification by post and that this list does not include those candidates who have opted not to have their names published)
Mrs Nicola Ainsworth Miss Claire Mawditt
Dr Emma Baird
Dr Anna McKeever
Mrs Rachel Bath Dr Chloe Montague
Mr Sebastien Baugh Dr Lois Murray
Dr Martin Bewley Dr Antiopi Ntouva
Mrs Kate Bisset Dr Clarissa Oeser
Dr Claire Blacklock Dr Arrthi Pangayatselvan
Dr Anna Blennerhassett Ms Rebecca Perrin
Dr Rebecca Briscoe Mrs Rachel Perry
Miss Miriam Bullock Dr Eleanor Powers
Dr Chan Hong Lam Dr Steven Senior
Dr Hayley Coleman
Mr Daniel Stewart
Ms Anna Collins
Ms Louise Sweeney
Mr Liam Crosby Ms Jamie-Rae Tanner
Dr Marc Davies Dr Hannah Taylor
Dr Clare Foster Mr Andrew Trathen
Dr Sarah Gentry Dr Anna Trelfa
Dr Catherine Guy Dr Andrew Turner
Mr Samuel Hayward Mrs Anna Varela-Raynes
Mrs Sandra James Dr Sarah Wallace
Ms Helen Johnston Dr Sarah Webb
Dr Jenny Mack Dr Anne Whittington
Miss Elizabeth Marchant Dr Natalie Wright
Dr Rachael Marsh  

View archived Part A Results

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