Webinar: Pre-registration Pharmacist Recruitment 2020 Covid 19 Arrangements  

The RPS hosted two webinars answering key questions regarding the National Recruitment Scheme, preferencing and the changes for this year. These can be accessed below (free registration to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society required):

Applicant Enquiries

In collaboration with HEE (England), HEIW (Wales) and NES (Scotland), the RPS has published answers to commonly asked questions regarding the National Recruitment Scheme.

Further FAQs can be found on the HEE Applicant Support Portal. If your question still hasn’t been answered, then all applicant enquiries, including locked Oriel accounts, must be logged through the HEE Support Portal website. Please access this website from the button below. 

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.

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. 

Where are we now in the recruitment cycle?

The first cascade of offers will be made on 11 November 2020, the final offer upgrade deadline is 30 November 2020. You will be notified of offers via an email which will ask you to log in to your Oriel account. 

Important: during the offers window we strongly recommend that you monitor your Oriel and email accounts especially closely to ensure you do not miss notifications of offers. 

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

5th November 2020 (Extended from 30th October 2020)

First round of offers released

11th  November

Unsuccessful applicants notified by email


Offers upgrade deadline

30th November

Employers informed 

16th December

Programmes commence

July/August 2021