Part A Resources

About the Exam

The Part A examination is intended to test knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of public health, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills to the practice of public health.

The exam takes place in London in January and June each year and currently costs £600 (2012/13)

Part A consists of two written papers (Paper I and Paper II) with both papers split into two components A and B (Paper IA, Paper IB, Paper IIA and Paper IIB). The exams are taken over two consecutive days.

More information about the Part A exam and how to apply are available on the FPH website:

Local Support

Trainees preparing for the Part A Examination can attend tutorials (usually fortnightly all day on Wednesdays) in the months preceding the examination sitting (October-December for the January sitting; February-April for the May/June sitting).  Tutorials cover all aspects of the curriculum, and focus substantially on the examination techniques required to address the needs of the Faculty Examiners.

Each trainee also undertakes a full ‘mock’ examination which is marked with detailed written feedback, 4-6 weeks before the ‘real’ examination.  Trainees who fail the ‘real’ examination more than once are offered tailored one-to-one support to address weaknesses and improve technique.

For information about the next programme of tutorials for West Midlands Trainees only, please contact Jayne Parry at

Trainees are also encouraged to set up their own study groups to practice exam technique together.

Other Support

Information about a popular two day revision course is run nationally by Ed Jessop. Information can be found here: