The Foundation Programme

Foundation Programme & Academic Foundation Programme

This section includes information about the two-year work-based training programme which bridges the gap between medical school and specialty/GP training.

Summary of process and timeline

So that you can see where your actions fit in with the overall Foundation recruitment process, please see the timeline below:


11 July - 10 August 2016

Ensure you are eligible to apply (See Eligibility information for full guidance).

If your medical school is outside the UK, or if you qualified from a UK medical school prior to 02 August 2015, you must register on the Eligibility system and submit documentation by post to the Eligibility Office by 12 noon (BST) on 10 August 2016.

22 August 2016

View available Academic foundation programmes. AFPs in each AUoA are available to view on Oriel.

16 September 2016

View indicative programmes (final programmes will be available in February 2017).

Indicative programmes in each UoA are available to view on Oriel.

28 September 2016

Deadline for requests for reasonable adjustments to the SJT.

03 – 14 October 2016

Complete the online application form for both the Foundation Programme and if required the Academic Foundation Programme. The application period closes at 12.00 noon (BST) on 14 October 2016. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

14 October 2016

Deadline for requests for pre-allocation to a particular UoA on the grounds of special circumstances.

17 October 2016 – 13 January 2017

AFP local short-listing and interviews.

Deadlines and processes for short-listing and interviews will vary by AUoA. Each AUoA will communicate with the applicants who apply to it.

24 October 2016

View verified scores for EPM educational achievements. Your verified score for any educational achievements listed in your application will be available to view on your Oriel account.

02 December 2016

Final programmes available to view on Oriel.

18 January – 15 February 2017

AFP offers. Successful AFP applicants will receive offers during this period. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline.

09 March 2017

FP primary list allocation. Your SJT and overall application score will be on your Oriel account. If you are allocated to a foundation school as part of the initial allocation process, i.e. to the primary list, you will also be able to see which UoA you have been allocated to. Allocated UoA will provide details via email on how to rank their programmes together with the timeline.

By 01 April 2017

FP primary list applicants need to select their programme preferences on Oriel.

Deadlines and processes for matching your specific foundation programmes will vary by UoA. Check your allocated UoA's website for further information.

March – April 2017

Referees will be asked to provide references as part of pre-employment checks.

06 April 2017

FP primary list applicants notified of programme matches. You will need to log into your Oriel account to see which foundation programme you have been matched to by your allocated UoA.

April – July 2017

Pre-employment checks undertaken.

May – July 2017

FP reserve list batch allocations. The highest scoring applicants on the FP reserve list will be allocated to any vacancies that have arisen since the last allocation.

June 2017

You must have provisional GMC registration with a licence to practise before your employer will issue a contract of employment. Registering with the GMC is a different process from applying to the Foundation Programme. You must apply to the GMC directly. The GMC recommends you apply in May 2016 to ensure you are registered before the start of your FP shadowing period.

From July 2017

Contracts of employment issued. Your employer will also confirm your salary, pay banding, location and starting rota.

July/August 2017

Foundation Programme starts. Newly appointed F1 doctors are required to attend a period of shadowing the F1 doctor they are taking over from before the start of the Foundation Programme. Your foundation school or employer will contact you with the details of local arrangements and your required start date which is likely to be late July 2017. Digg Reddit Facebook Stumble Upon Follow UKFPO on Twitter