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Applications For Foundation Programmes

trainee docWhen you apply to the foundation programme there are various factors that you should consider. Below we give you a guide to what you should be thinking about whilst making your application.

The UK Foundation Programme Office has published the documentation for the next recruitment round.

FP2015 guide Special circumstances guide FP2015 eligibility

The scheduled key dates are as follows:

14 July - 14 August 2014

Eligibility application submission period

26 August 2014

Academic Foundation Programmes available to view

29 September 2014

Register and confirm on FPAS at http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/pages/home. You must register on FPAS and confirm you are a nominated applicant before you can access the application form.

1 October 2014

Deadline for requests for reasonable adjustments to the SJT.

6 - 17 October 2014

Application period for FP and AFP applications

17 October 2014

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

20 Oct 2014 - 16 Jan 2015

AFP local short-listing and interviews

28 Oct 2014

View verified scores for EPM educational achievements.

5 December 2014

First SJT date

9 January 2015

Second SJT date

21 Jan - 18 Feb 2015

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

20 February 2015

Final programmes available to view on FPAS.

By 2 March 2015

Applicants on the FP primary list need to select their programme preferences on FPAS

5 March 2015

Primary list applicants informed of allocation to foundation school for FP

6 March - 7 April 2015

Your referees will be asked to submit a reference for you as part of pre-employment checks.

8 April 2015

Primary list applicants informed of match to programme results

Apr - Jul 2015

Pre-employment checks undertaken.

May - Jul 2015

FP reserve list batch allocations

July 2015

You must have provisional GMC registration with a licence to practise before your employer will issue a contract of employment.

From July 2015

Contracts of employment issued.

August 2015

Foundation Programme starts.


Consider the following guidance alongside the information from the UKFPO


There are two types of foundation programmes, one is referred to simply as the ‘foundation programme’ and the other is called the ‘academic foundation programme’.  Entry to these programmes is very competitive and there are much fewer academic foundation programmes per foundation school compared to the foundation programme. From 2013 entry deadlines for the Academic Foundation Programmes are to be the same as for the other Foundation Programmes. (see time-line at the top of the page).

These programmes are designed for those

  • that attain a very high academic achievement in their medical degree (first-class degree, prizes etc).
  • would like to pursue a career as an academic at university.

The UKFPO states that only 5% of foundation applicants apply to the academic foundation programme.

Most but not all foundation schools hold academic foundation programmes.

The UKFPO website has details on academic programmes. The UKFPO also has a very useful Rough Guide to the Academic Foundation Programme.

N.B. There are also a few Academic roles in F2 that you can apply for during your F1 years (you would have to check on foundation school websites/NHS Jobs/BMJ careers for details of these).