About the Online Assessment


The final module consists of the assessment element of the course. You do not have to undertake this component, but we would encourage you to do so having come this far. One assessment attempt is included in the cost of the course and successful completion of the assessment will lead to the award of 10 academic credits at level 7 (master’s level) from the Medway School of Pharmacy (Universities of Kent and Greenwich). You will be able to download a certificate on successful completion which provides evidence of your learning. This may be helpful when approaching re-validation with your professional body or if looking to extend your scope of practice.

More about the assessment

The assessment module consists of a series of case studies. In each case study you have a brief background to the patient and their patient medication record. You will be able to watch part of a consultation between a pharmacist and a patient. The short video is followed by a series of seven multiple choice questions. Each MCQ has four possible responses and you need to select the best answer in each case. You need to score six out of seven to pass the case study. You will be randomly presented with a maximum of five cases studies and you need to pass three cases studies to pass the course overall and obtain the certificate.

In the event that you do not pass three case studies having undertaken five case studies, your attempt will be recorded as a fail and you will need to pay for another attempt. Under university regulations you are permitted a total of three attempts. The cost of the retake is £75.

At the beginning of the assessment module, there is more information about the assessment and you can try a demo assessment to familiarise yourself with the process. You will also find some hints and tips on undertaking the assessment.

The score you receive when you undertake the demo case study will not count against your record – you can just guess at the answers if you wish. The demo is there so you know how the case studies and assessment work and you can test that the IT functions on your computer – if you were completing this case for real you would need to pull together the learning from three of the Skills for Dermatology Modules, so don't worry if you try them and do not get them all right. Likewise, we have made most of these questions a bit more straightforward than the ones in the real assessment case studies, so please bear that in mind too. In the real assessments, you will need to refer to the modules, and look things up in the BNF, in national guidance and in the resources given to you as part of the modules.

How long does a case study take? / How is time spent?

The case study takes 50 minutes in total.

Time available:

  1. Prep time: 10 minutes to read the Patient History (PH) and the Patient Medication Record (PMR).
    • After 10 minutes the video and assessment tabs becomes live and the video will play (unless your web browser blocks auto-play, in which case you need to click the play button manually). Alternatively, if you do not require the full 10 minutes you can forfeit the time and the video will play.
  2. Test time: 40 minutes to view the video and answer the seven multiple choice questions.
    • You can return to watch all or part of the video again when you want to. Use the rewind, forward and pause controls to help you.
    • If you want to go back to review the Patient History and the Patient Medication Record you can do so at any time.
    • You can access the Learning Materials when you want to during the assessment.
    • To successfully pass each case study, you must get at least six out of seven answers correct. Take time to review your answers. 40 minutes is plenty of time so don't rush. Use your BNF. There is time, as there is in a consultation, to look things up so make sure you have it available.

A reminder message will come up when you have five minutes remaining: you must acknowledge this message. Submit your answers when you are ready. When the timer gets to zero the answers will be submitted automatically. You'll then be told if the case study was passed or failed, and you will receive an email to the same effect.

Important considerations:

  • Make sure you have enough time before you begin – a case study cannot be paused, and failing to conclude the case study for any reason will result in a fail for that case study.
  • Do not close the browser window or click the X in the top right of the case study. This will close the case study and result in a fail.
  • Do not refresh your screen.

Performance considerations

While the Skills for Dermatology website may work on tablets and smartphones, we recommend to perform the case studies on a proper desktop computer with a reliable Internet connection. In particular we have document-sized PDF files which will be hard to read on small screens.

The first time you start a case study the system will run some checks to see if there are any issues that might affect your ability to use our system, such as being on an outdated web browser or a slow Internet connection.

If the video freezes or you experience a technical error while entering the answers to the multiple choice questions you must close the case study by closing the Online Assessment window. Then email help@skillsfordermatology.co.uk to send us a notification. Please include the name of the case study. This will enable us to check the error and reset the case study so it is not included on your profile.


From your main 'Assessment' page you can track your current progress through the assessment.

You need to pass three out of a possible five case studies in order to pass the Online Assessment. All three case studies must be completed within one attempt. They do not carry over to a second or third attempt.

Once you have passed three case studies you are not required to do any more of the five available.

You will be able to download and print a certificate to show that you have passed the Skills for Dermatology course and you will have gained 10 academic credits at master’s level. These credits can be used towards achieving a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Medicines Optimisation as part of the Medway Short Course Pathway. For more information on this and on other postgraduate study at the Medway School of Pharmacy please visit the Medway School of Pharmacy Skills for Dermatology webpage.


If you do not pass three out of the five case studies available you will have failed the Online Assessment.

All three case studies must be completed within one attempt. They do not carry over to a second or third attempt at the Online Assessment.

If you fail more than two case studies out of five then you will be sent an email to say that unfortunately you have failed the Online Assessment.

Go to My Account in order to pay again and have another attempt.

You are allowed three overall attempts at the Online Assessment. The first attempt is included in your initial registration fee. The second and third attempts, should you need them, come at a cost of £75 each.

A student who has failed the Online Assessment on three occasions will not be permitted to register for the assessment again.

Tips on the case studies

Make sure you watch the video carefully as well as reading the PMR and PH. The patients in these scenarios are based on real people, so when choosing your answers to the MCQs, these need to be 'real life' answers too. If you are faced with a patient who is going on holiday, there is no point in saying ‘under no circumstances should you go out in the sun at all on your holiday’, this simply isn't going to happen. In real life you would perhaps think about ways in which the patient might reduce their risk of sun damage, perhaps avoiding times when the sun is hottest or wearing a hat or a cool but long sleeved garment. Look for 'real life' solutions when considering these cases studies and remember the practical patient issues. Someone who is driving around all day is unlikely to find using an emollient in a huge tub six times a day convenient.

These case studies include an element of clinical opinion, which is bound to vary.