FP Curriculum 2012

The FP Curriculum 2012 came into effect from July 2012. Minor revisions have been made for August 2015. A full review is scheduled for 2016.

FP Curriculum 2012

The information below provides an overview of the 2012 Curriculum assessments and the structure of foundation training as per the Reference Guide 2012 (including the new ARCP sign-off process). The tools used to evidence assessment and other achievements are recorded in the e-portfolio.

FP Curriculum 2012

FP Curriculum 2012 updated for 2014

The FP Curriculum 2012 has been updated for implementation from August 2014.

FP Curriculum 2012


For an overview of these changes please download the document below.

Proposed minor modifications to the FP Curriculum 2012 (for implementation August 2014). 

Key changes to the FP Curriculum 2012


Please note that a full review of the Curriculum is not scheduled until 2016, but foundation schools will have the opportunity to make minor recommendations for changes to the Curriculum for 2015.


Supporting Documents

FP Curriculum 2012 Resource

This additional resource aims to assist foundation doctors, clinical supervisors, educational supervisors and other key members involved in delivering foundation training, in improving their knowledge and understanding of the generic and clinical topics as set out in the Foundation Programme Curriculum 2012; it is important to note however that this resource does not provide additional information underpinning every element of becoming a successful doctor.

FP Curriculum 2012 Resource(updated for August 2014)


Training descriptor and Curriculum matrix

This document builds on last year's training descriptions and has been designed to provide an indication as to what extent the Foundation Programme Curriculum 2012 syllabus areas may be met during a specific placement.

Individual training descriptor and Curriculum matrix 2012


Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG): Foundation Training in Women's Healthcare - a guide for trainers and trainees

The RCOG has produced a Foundation training guide which aims to provide a framework for developing personal learning goals and sets out key knowledge areas, matched competences and suggested educational resources, as mapped to the UK Foundation Curriculum 2012. Click here to donwload the guide.

Full details of the guides purpose and supporting information is available via the RCOG website.



As per the Reference Guide 2012, foundation training and progress should be monitored by participation in the following meetings.

Overview of meetings

Induction meeting with clinical supervisor

Initial meeting with educational supervisor

Combined: induction meeting with clinical supervisor and initial meeting with educational supervisor

Mid-placement review

Mid-year review of progress


SLES and Assessments

To access a form, please click on the relevant heading.

Recommended Number of SLEs

Supervised learning event Recommended minimum number*

Direct observation of doctor/patient interaction:



3 or more per placement* 

(minimum of nine observations;

at least six must be mini-CEX)

Case-based discussion (CBD)

2 or more per placement*

Developing the clinical teacher

1or more per year

*based on a clinical placement of four month duration

Frequency of assessments

Assessments Frequency
E-portfolio Comtemporaneous
Core procedures Throughout F1

Team assessment of behaviour (TAB)

Once in first placement in both F1 and F2, optional repetition
Clinical supervisor end of placement report Once per placement
Educational supervisor end of placement report Once per placement
Educational supervisor's end of year report Once per year

Guidance on SLEs

CBD - Guidance for doctors and trainers

Clinical supervisor's end of placement report - Guidance for CS

Core procedures - Guidance for doctors and assessors

Developing the clinical teacher - Guidance for doctors and trainers

DOPS - Guidance

Educational supervisors end of placement report - Guidance for ES

Mini-CEX - Guidance for doctors and trainers

TAB - Guidance for assessors

TAB - Guidance for doctors

TAB - Guidance for educational supervisors


Foundation Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)

Click here for the Foundation ARCP page.


Frequently Asked Questions

Assessment FAQs


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