How to apply to the Foundation Programme 2019

The Foundation Programme is a two-year work-based training programme which is intended to bridge the gap between medical school and specialty training.

Applications are now open! You should submit your applications through Oriel (national online application system). You should start your application early to allow sufficient time to complete the sections and gather evidence. If you have any problems, contact


Key dates

1-12th October 2018 – National application period: complete the online FP application form (including preferences and educational achievements) and AFP application form for specific AUoAs

15th October 2018-11th January 2019 – Local AFP recruitment process (long-listing, shortlisting, interviews)

22nd October 2018 – Total educational performance measure scores are released

7th December 2018 and 7th January 2019 – Situational Judgement Test

16th January 2019 – Academic offers released

7th March 2019 – National Allocation

If you need to access the Foundation Programme handbook, you can do so here.


What are the different foundation schools?

There are 20 Foundation schools and 15 Academic Units of Application (AUoAs).

Over the next few weeks we’ll be helping you choose your foundation schools by looking closer at the admission statistics and reviews from previous trainees. Check out our training navigator for more information!



How am I scored?

Your total Foundation Programme Score (maximum 100 points) is made up of your SJT score (maximum 50) plus your Educational Performance Measure Score (maximum 50).

Your EPM is calculated by combining your decile score calculated by your medical school (maximum 43) plus any educational achievements from additional degrees or publications (maximum 7).

Read the Foundation Programme Applicant Handbook to find out more.

The educational performance measure scoring.


What is the SJT?

The SJT is a measure of meeting the attributes required to be a foundation doctor, as defined in the national FP personal specification. It is not an assessment of your clinical knowledge, but you can prepare for the SJT to maximise your chance of getting a good score. Have a look on the UKFPO website for practice papers and other resources and read Messly’s guide to the SJT.


We wish you the very best of luck with your applications this autumn!

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