FP Curriculum 2012

The FP Curriculum 2012 came into effect from July 2012. It is not due for another review until 2014/2015.

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

Key changes to the FP Curriculum 2012


Review of the Curriculum for 2014

The Foundation Programme Committee has proposed some minor modifications to the Curriculum 2012, for implementation in August 2014. For an overview of these changes please download the document below.

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

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


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


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 (CDB)
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

Foundation Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)

Use the check list below to ensure you are meeting the very minimum requirements as you progress through each placement and prepare for your ACTP evidence review.

ARCP checklist


Guide to the 2012/2013 Foundation ARCP process

The FP Curriculum Delivery Group are delighted to issue ARCP guidance to support implementation and delivery of ARCP in 2013. The guide offers an overview of the foundation ARCP process and includes case studies from colleagues with ARCP experience. The guide is based on the FP Reference Guide 2012 (of which sections 10 and 11 of the Ref Guide provide complete ARCP detail) and offers useful tips on how to meet many of the Reference Guide recommendations. The main/target audience is that of the educational faculty (including foundation schools, colleagues within the Trusts/LEPs etc) however foundation doctors alike may also find this useful.

2013 ARCP Guide

The below list of resources are sample ARCP documents to be hosted within the e-portfolio product. They can be found both in a collated document (ARCP forms for training) and as individual forms. For information, an overview of ARCP and how the e-portfolio products have been asked to support the process is also provided. Please note that as these forms are provided in paper format, much of the pre-populated for information and electronic functionality is not correctly displayed (e.g. drop-down boxes etc.).

Overview of ARCP process & supportive e-portfolio product

ARCP forms for training

Educational supervisor's end of year report (F1)

Educational supervisor's end of year report (F2)

Review of F1 evidence

Review of F2 evidence

F1 ARCP outcome form

F2 ARCP outcome form


Frequently Asked Questions

Assessment FAQs


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