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Approving curricula and assessments

We approve the curricula and assessments for 66 specialties and 32 sub-specialties:

We make sure curricula meet the standards we set in order to deliver high quality training.

Amending curricula or assessments

We must approve any changes to a curriculum or assessment that leads to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

There are two stages to the process for approving a curriculum. For help or advice please contact us at quality@gmc-uk.org.

Stage one: Strategic support

If you are proposing any of the following
  • a new curriculum
  • a change to the curriculum’s purpose statement
  • addition or removal of one or more high level outcomes of the curriculum

your curriculum purpose statement will need the endorsement of the Curriculum Oversight Group (COG).

This group tells us if the curriculum meets the needs of the four countries of the UK.

We will send your application to the next available meeting of the COG.

For more information or to make an application, please read Obtaining strategic support for your curriculum (pdf). To complete this form, please save a copy to your desktop before opening it. Please use Internet Explorer or an up to date version of Acrobat Reader when filling out the form. If you experience any difficulties please contact us.

Stage two: Curriculum approval

If you have gained the endorsement of the Curriculum Oversight Group (COG), or your proposal does not need their support, you can develop your curriculum and submit it to us for full approval.

We will send your application to the Curriculum Advisory Group (CAG), who make recommendations to us about whether curricula meet our standards.

If your proposal has any impact on resources (such as funding) we will also send it to a subcommittee of the Curriculum Oversight Group (COG). They will confirm whether or not the curriculum is feasible and deliverable.

The final decision will be made by the GMC’s Assistant Registrar.

Please contact us if you would like to add a submission to the 2017 schedule.

For more information or to make an application, please read Making changes to your curricula (pdf). To complete this form, please save a copy to your desktop before opening it. Please use Internet Explorer or an up to date version of Acrobat Reader when filling out the form. If you experience any difficulties please contact us.

Administrative changes

If you want to make an administrative change to your curriculum that does not alter its meaning, purpose or structure, you can submit an administrative change form (Word) to GMC Connect at any time.

Please read Guidance for Royal Colleges: Administrative changes to curricula (pdf) for help on completing the form and details of the types of change you can make under this process.