If you refer to the link I supplied earlier, you'll see that this is not the only process that the standard pathway offers. There's also the option of obtaining employment, THEN going through AMC exams OR workplace assessment.
My understanding from reading the link :
The Standard pathway has two alternative processes leading to the award of the AMC Certificate:
- Standard pathway (AMC examinations) - Assessment is by examination only - the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and the AMC Clinical Examination. Most non-specialist applicants will be assessed through this method.
- Standard pathway (workplace-based assessment) - Assessment is by examination and workplace-based assessment - the AMC CAT MCQ Examination and workplace-based assessment of clinical skills and knowledge by an AMC-accredited authority.
So basically the AMC exam has two parts: the CAT MCQ exam + the 2nd part of either a Clinical exam or Workplace assessment of clinical skills. IOW it's not AMC exams or Workplace assessment.