The Therapeutics Common Final Assessment (TCFA) in Independent Prescribing takes place three times a year, usually in Spring, Summer and Autumn. The TCFA is delivered online via TestReach, a remote assessment provider, and you can sit the exam in your home or workplace.  The bookings for the March 2022 examination will be open from the end of January on the bookings platform.

The examination is completed online and consists of 75 multiple choice questions.  These are based on the College’s clinical management guidelines and grouped into patient scenarios. The questions relate to the application of clinical knowledge in terms of differential diagnosis, interpreting clinical signs, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management, monitoring, and prescribing safely and professionally (including risk assessment). One third of the examination questions will be related to glaucoma.

The College holds final assessments in March, June and November each year. The next examinations taking place will be: 

  • 4 March 2022, 10:00 (Remote)
    Application, Logbook & payment deadline: TBC
    Results date: TBC
  • 30 June 2022, 10:00 (Remote)
    Application, Logbook & payment deadline: TBC
    Results date: TBC

You must take your first attempt at the final examination within two years of completing your clinical placement. 

Booking your examination 

You will be able to book your examination in the My College area of the website, once bookings open. See the fees section below, for current costs. The examination fee can be paid online in the My College area by credit/debit card.  

Appeals and complaints

If you believe there was an administrative or procedural irregularity during your examination and would like to appeal the assessment decision please visit our Appeals page. Please note that an appeal must be made within 28 days of the examination.

Fees

Examination fees

  • Common Final Assessment in Independent Prescribing examination fee - £425.

Logbook

  • The non-member logbook fee is £150, or you can join today for free access. 

Appeals

  • Submitting an appeal to the Examinations Panel - £100.
  • Resubmitting an appeal to the Appeals Panel - £100.