MRCPCH Question Writing Tutorial



60 minutes


Work through the module at your own pace.When you have completed the module, you can return at any time to re-review any of the sections.


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The ‘MRCPCH question writing tutorial’ has been designed for College members who are interested in participating in question writing for the theory examinations in Foundation of Practice (FOP), Theory of Science (TAS) and Applied Knowledge in Practice (AKP). It provides an overview of current theory assessment principles and good practices. It also introduces key areas in item (question) development, ensuring the examinations is assessing at the correct level of training and is a valid form of assessment, therefore allowing the examinations to be set at a high standard.

It is essential to work through the tutorial before attending your first question writing day, this will allow for a better understanding and you will be able to familiarise yourself with the RCPCH question writing process.

Creation and review log

Launch dateDecember 2019
Next reviewDecember 2022

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

As of 1st September 2016 the Revalidation and CPD team of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health no longer allocates a number CPD credits to courses or events. The removal of credits associated with events allows delegates to record the educational benefit of the activity through written reflection, in contrast to quantifying the significance based on the time duration of the course. This is in accordance with changes made to the CPD Scheme guidelines published in April 2016.

Detailed information and scheme guidance can be found on the RCPCH website

When recording the activity, delegates should focus on the reflection and detail the following:

  • What did you learn?
  • What effect has/will the learning had/have on your current practice?
  • What further learning or action, if any, is needed as a result of the original learning activity?

Should you have any questions regarding the removal of credits, please feel free to contact the CPD team

If you use the RCPCH CPD Diary, you can click here to visit the diary and record your learning: Log your learning on the RCPCH CPD Diary

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