Please note these FAQs are currently being updated for FP 2016. The new version will be available shortly.
- What is the Educational Performance Measure (EPM)?
- What are EPM deciles?
- I qualify from a UK medical school. How is my decile calculated?
- I qualify from a non-UK medical school. How is my decile calculated?
- I am unsure whether my additional academic achievements will be eligible for points? How can I find out?
- Why does the Nottingham BMedSci get fewer points than other degrees?
- Can I appeal against my EPM points score?
- Why will I not receive any points for my non-academic activities?
- I am applying to the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP). How will my EPM score be used?
- I have applied previously to the Foundation Programme. How is my EPM score calculated?
- What are the consequences of failing to book an SJT?
- Is it acceptable to provide online evidence of IELTS?
- Will I be deemed eligible if I have met the GMC requirements around IELTS?
What is the Educational Performance Measure (EPM)?
The EPM is a measure of clinical and non-clinical skills, knowledge and performance up to the point of application to the Foundation Programme. All applicants to the Foundation Programme, including the Academic Foundation Programme, will be awarded an EPM score.
The EPM score is based on three components, with a combined score of up to 50 points:
- Medical school performance (34 - 43 points)
- Additional degrees (up to 5 points)
- Publications (up to 2 points)
The EPM framework was agreed by students, medical school staff and employers in 2011 following extensive consultation, piloting and an EPM Task and Finish Group. For more information please refer to www.isfp.org.uk
What are EPM deciles?
Applicants are assessed and ranked on their performance at medical school in relation to the graduating cohort up to the point of application to the Foundation Programme. Applicants are 'competition ranked' into the top 10%, top 20% etc. of their cohort according to a range of assessments, as defined by their medical school, and allocated into the appropriate deciles.
I qualify from a UK medical school. How is my decile calculated?
Your medical school will be able to advise you on the 'basket of assessments' used to calculate your decile, aligned with the principles of the EPM framework.
I qualify from a non-UK medical school. How is my decile calculated?
As part of your application to the Eligibility Office, you are required to submit a Dean's statement confirming your eligibility for application. The statement also confirms i) the size of your year group, ii) your class rank in your year group, and iii) the decile rank in your year group.
I am unsure whether my additional academic achievements will be eligible for points? How can I find out?
The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) Rules Group provides detailed information about the eligibility for points for degrees and publications, and the evidence required. More information can be found in the FP/AFP 2017 Applicant's Handbook.
Why does the Nottingham BMedSci get fewer points than other degrees?
The Nottingham BMedSci is a classified honours degree that is integrated during the five year BMBS undergraduate programme. Other classified honours degree programmes require an additional year of study, so these degrees are eligible for one point more than the Nottingham BMedSci. This means that if you hold a first class honours BMedSci degree from Nottingham, you would be eligible for 3 points, whereas a first class honours degree requiring an additional year of study would be eligible for 4 points.
Can I appeal against my EPM points score?
Yes. You will be able to view your EPM decile score when you register on Oriel in September 2016 - any queries about your EPM decile score should be directed to your medical school. You will be able to view your points for EPM additional educational achievements on 24 October 2016. Appeals information and documents will be published, and there will be an opportunity for you to appeal your EPM additional points.
Why will I not receive any points for my non-academic activities?
The person specification sets out the skills and attributes required for the Foundation Programme. These attributes are assessed through your answers to the SJT, and it would be difficult to determine a reliable and valid measure of the impact and benefits of non-academic activities which does not double count the attributes already assessed on the application. It would also be difficult to compare sporting achievements with climbing a mountain, volunteering abroad or caring responsibilities, in a way which does not disadvantage applicants who do not have access to the same opportunities.
I am applying to the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP). How will my EPM score be used?
As part of your application to individual Academic Units of Application (UoA) it is likely that you will be asked to provide more information about additional educational achievements. The AUoA may also refer to your EPM decile score when considering your application. For detail around the application process to AFP please refer to the FP/AFP 2017 Applicant's Handbook.
I have applied previously to the Foundation Programme. How is my EPM score calculated?
If you re-apply to the Foundation Programme, or if you apply for the first time post-graduation, your original EPM decile score will carry forward (i.e. any subsequent assessments will not be taken into account). The points for additional educational achievements will be awarded at the time of application to FP 2017. Remember that you will still need to take the SJT again, as your score is calculated relative to all other applicants applying in that year.
What are the consequences of failing to book an SJT?
Applicants will be withdrawn from the entire recruitment process on account of failure to book the SJT.
Is it acceptable to provide online evidence of IELTS?
IELTS information online will be accepted on condition that that a clear screenshot is provided.
IELTS also offer a checking service. It is acceptable for applicants to provide a reference number and a link to this service. The expectation is that an IELTS certificate is submitted within 3 weeks of the exam.
Will I be deemed eligible if I have met the GMC requirements around IELTS?
The requirements IELTS are set at a higher level than the GMC for eligibility to the Foundation Programme. GMC registration does not exempt applicants from meeting the UKFPO English Language requirements, therefore IELTS will still be required. Applicants are required to score a minimum of 7.5 in each domain to be eligible for the Foundation Programme.