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Marking, results and feedback


Using marking guidance, the examiner grades each competency A-E, with A being excellent, B being good, C being adequate, D being just below adequate and E being poor. These grades are recorded on tablet devices and are later converted into numerical scores which are combined to produce an overall exam score and an average for each of the five competency areas.

A candidate awarded a C for each competency at all six stations would indicate a pass overall. However, the marks for each competency are averaged, so it is possible to do less well on, say, two stations, and yet still pass overall by getting marks higher than a C at other stations. The other requirement for a pass is that each competency area must be marked at C or above at half or more of the stations. 

In collating final marks, a borderline adjustment process is also used to enable all stations to have equal weighting. This means for example that if a station’s raw scores were lower compared to other stations at the same sitting, then all the scores for that station would be multiplied by an adjustment factor. The higher of the raw and weighted score is used in the final mark. Please see the Final Membership Examination marking algorithm (image below) for a summary of how results are determined.

Weightings and marking thresholds for the Final Membership Examination are not published to examiners or candidates. See Publishing Weightings and Marking Thresholds for more information.

The overall marks are shared with the Chief Officer and after independent review by an external educationalist, ratified at the Examination Board.

Results and Feedback

From May 2024, candidates will only be able to access their FPH exam results through the new FPH Members Portal.

Please see the instructions below on how to do this.

Guidance For Candidates On How To Access FPH Examination Results

The Exam Coordinator will email candidates to notify them when the results have been released into the Members Portal.

Please note that although you will be able to see the overall outcome of your previous attempts, you will not be able to see results letters for sittings prior to May 2024.

Results will be released within ten working days of the examination. There are two possible outcomes of the examination: Pass or Fail. No part or question of the OSPHE can be banked. Candidates are also given feedback in the form of average scores for each competency.

If a candidate has passed the examination, their name is passed to the Membership Department of the Faculty. They will be asked to become a Member of the Faculty, which is one of the requirements for the award of a CCT and inclusion on the GMC’s Specialist Register or UKPHR’s Specialist Register. If the OSPHE is passed prior to or while on a break from the training scheme it will only be considered valid for CCT if the candidate enters/re-enters the training programme within the following seven years.

Results from recent sittings


Number of candidates

Pass rate

February 2019 23 87%
April 2019 24 63%
June 2019 24 96%
September 2019 22 100%
December 2019 22 95%
February 2020 23 87%
November 2020 23 91%
December 2020 17 100%
February 2021 16 100%
April 2021 22 86%
June 2021 20 100% 
September 2021 20 90%
December 2021 23 96%
February 2022 21 81%
April 2022 20 85%
September 2022  20 95%
November 2022  22 95%
February 2023 22 100%
June 2023 19 100%
September 2023 19 89%
November 2023 21 95%
February 2024 22 96%
May 2024 22 91%
Resitting the exam

Candidates will not normally be permitted more than six attempts at the OSPHE without providing evidence of additional educational experience. If attempts are undertaken more than seven years after passing the diplomate exam, the candidate may additionally need to resit the diplomate exam.


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Finance: Telephone number: 0203 696 1465 / e-mail address:

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