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.
NEW FP CURRICULUM 2016
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)
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.
Please note that the next edition of the FP Curriculum is scheduled for 2016.
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.
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.
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*
1or more per year
*based on a clinical placement of four month duration
Frequency of assessments
|Core procedures||Throughout F1|
|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
Foundation Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)
Click here for the Foundation ARCP page.