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Part A Results and Feedback

Marking

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.

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 (or in Paper II: 23 & 24, or 25 & 26, but not 24 & 25).

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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Notification

Examination results will be sent first class and marked "private and confidential" within three days of the Part A results meeting. 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 the question key points and examiners' general comments. Candidates will not receive detailed individual feedback.

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Banking

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 and only when an overall score of 100/200 or more has been attained in the examination as a whole.
  • Candidates who bank a paper at a sitting must then sit the remaining paper at each subsequent examination.
  • 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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Appeals

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

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Latest Results

Examination date: January 2017

Results summary
Candidates who sat the examination 80
Candidates who passed 47
Candidates who failed 18
Candidates who banked paper I 7
Candidates who banked paper II 8
% who banked a paper 18.8%
% who banked a paper or passed 77.5%
Examination Pass Rate %* 58.8%
Candidates who sat the examination in UK Public Health training schemes 61
Candidates who passed 42
Candidates who banked a paper 7
Pass Rate for those in UK Public Health training schemes 68.9%
% who banked a paper or passed 80.3%
* 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)
Dr Matthew Atkinson Dr Gregory Lewis
Dr Jennifer Barker Dr Dawin Lo
Mrs Michelle Black Dr Lai Kwan Man
Dr Sarah Blagden Dr James McGowan
Ms Ellen Bloomer Dr James Moore
Mrs Angela Cartwright Dr Dino Motti
Dr Rachel Chapman Dr Joanne Parry
Dr Maggie Cheung Dr Lynsey Patterson
Mrs Rosie Cooper Dr Nina Putnis
Mr Robert Davies Dr Syed Ahmed Razavi
Mrs Sara Dunling-Hall Dr Nicholas Riches
Mrs Obianuju Duru Dr Peter Roderick
Dr Judith Eling Dr Partho Roy
Ms Rebecca Fletcher Dr Neha Shah
Mr Benjamin Fryer Miss Sarah Shanks
Ms Alexa Gainsbury Dr Emma Sherwood
Dr Sylvia Garry Dr Clara Sin
Dr Lucy Gavens Mr Stephen Turnbull
Dr Claire Greszczuk Dr Victoria Turner
Mrs Jill Harland Dr Robert Verrecchia
Dr Rory Honney Miss Seetharathnam Wakefield
Dr Gillian Kelly Mrs Rebecca Wilkinson
Miss Julia Knight Ms Rebecca Willans

View archived Part A Results

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