Webinar: Pre-registration Pharmacist Recruitment 2020 Covid 19 Arrangements  

The RPS hosted a webinar answering key questions regarding the National Recruitment Scheme (NRS) and the changes for this year and can be accessed below: (free registration to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society required).

Applicant Enquiries

All applicant enquiries, including locked Oriel accounts, must be logged through the HEE Support Portal website. Please access this website from the button below. 
Please read the FAQ's first and submit an enquiry if you can't find the answers you need.

Welcome to the Student Zone!

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On this page you will find all the key information related to the National Recruitment Scheme, including the Person Specification and the Professional Attributes Framework on which the selection process is based, and sample scenarios for the Situational Judgement Test and Numeracy assessment.

The Pharmaceutical Journal has published some articles for students on what you need to know about the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and Numeracy assessment. Scroll down further on this page for some examples and scoring guidance. 

Interested in spending some of your Pre-reg in a GP Surgery?

Many of the programmes we offer via the National Recruitment Scheme offer placements of between three and six months in general practice, in conjunction with hospital or community pharmacy pre-registration training. Read more about these exciting placement opportunities on the HEE website via the button below. 

Examples of a Situational Judgement and Numeracy Test 

The following questions and answers are provided as examples only to give you an idea of the style of question that will be asked during the SJT. The answers include expert rationale. 
A further guidance document provides general information on how the SJT will be marked and scored. 
The answers for both Numeracy questions are provided on page 2 of the document.

Where are we now in the recruitment cycle?

The application window for students is now open and closes at 12pm on 24th June. From 25th June, you can spend time researching the placements you are interested in preferencing prior to the preferencing window opening on 29th July. The Numeracy/SJT booking window opens for those applicants who have submitted an application on 5th August.  
Access the Oriel Website below. 

Applicant Handbook

The new applicant handbooks for the 2020 round of recruitment for both England and Wales, and also Scotland, are now available to view and download via the Resource Bank of the Oriel Pharmacy Programme portal; please select your handbook carefully when accessing via Oriel. You can also access the England and Wales applicant handbook below. 


Recruitment Timeline



Application window opens

10th June 2020 (12pm)

Application window closes

24th June 2020 (12pm)

Pre-registration Pharmacist training programme information available on Oriel

25th June 2020

Preferencing window opens

29th July 2020

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window opens

5th August 2020

Numeracy/SJT centre booking window closes

19th August 2020

SJT/Numeracy selection centre held (Pearson VUE Test Centres)

28th September - 10th October 2020

Preferencing window closes

30th October 2020

First round of offers released

Early November

Unsuccessful applicants notified by email

Early November

Offers upgrade deadline

End of November

Employers informed 


Programmes commence

July/August 2021