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

Information provided on this page offer a link to the FP Curriculum 2012 (with amends for 2014 and 2015), an overview of the Curriculum assesement and supervised learning event tools and also the structure of foundation training as per the Reference Guide 2012 (inlcuding the new ARCP sign-off process). All tools used to evidence assessment, Curriculum coverage and other achievements must all be recorded in an e-portfolio. Many copies of the forms available within the e-portfolio are therefore provided.


The General Medical Council have approved the new curriculum for the Foundation Programme which will be introduced for all foundation doctors from August 2016.  For information on the key changes please click here;

FP CURRICULUM 2012 (with minor amends August 2015)

FP Curriculum 2012 with minor amends August 2015

An overview of the minor changes made in 2014 and 2015 is provided on page 66 of the Curriculum - alternatively, these changes are summarised here.


FP CURRICULUM 2012 (with minor amends August 2014)

Prior to the latest 'FP Curriculum 2012 with minor amends August 2015', the FP Curriculum 2012 was subject to minor changes from August 2014. This version of the Curriculum should be used for ARCPs held before August 2015.

FP Curriculum 2012 with minor amends August 2014


Please note that the next edition of the FP Curriculum is scheduled for 2016.


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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