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Foundation Training

Two year Foundation Programmes are the first stage of postgraduate medical training in the UK following graduation from medical school. Recruitment to the 2 year programmes in the Scottish Foundation School is undertaken as part of the UK wide recruitment process (external site) to a nationally agreed timetable commencing in September.

How to Apply

Applications for Foundation should be made through the national system UKFPO (external site). Visit the  'How to Apply' section for more details.

The Scottish Foundation School

The Scottish Foundation School provides a wide range of programmes offering a unique experience covering different types of populations, teaching hospitals to remote and rural hospitals, many specialties as well as geographical diversity. There are 845 funded training opportunities for foundation doctors delivered by the four postgraduate deaneries through 53 two-year foundation programmes.

The School delivers a taught programme to ensure trainees can meet the requirements of the curriculum and all Foundation Year 2 doctors undertake the recognised ALS course. All trainees have access to a named Educational Supervisor and utilise an e-portfolio and e-learning to support their training and provide evidence of their progress.

During the F2 year you will be asked to apply to compete for a place on a training programme as a specialty registrar working towards a post as a hospital consultant, or as a GP registrar training to become a GP. Many of these programmes begin with broad-based training, for example in general medicine, but as you progress you will be able to focus on a particular specialist field, such as cardiology or paediatrics.

Following successful completion of the specialist/GP training programme you will be eligible for entry to the Specialist Register or GP Register held by the GMC. Once you are on the register you may apply for a senior medical appointment, such as a consultant post or a GP.

Recruitment to Stand-alone F1 Foundation Programme Vacancies Timeline 2017

Saturday 11th – Saturday 25th February 2017

Advert to be published in the BMJ

Monday 27th February – 12noon Friday 10th March 2017 

Application window on Oriel

Monday 13th – Thursday 16th March 2017


Monday 20th March 2017

Invite to Interviews to be sent out via Oriel

Tuesday 21st -Tuesday 28th March 2017

Applicants to book interview slots via Oriel

Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th April 2017

Interviews – Glasgow 2CQ

Wednesday 12th – 12 noon Wednesday 19th April 2017

Applicants invited to preference individual programmes.

 Monday 24th April – Wednesday 10th May 2017

Offers process.

Successful applicants will receive offers during this period

Note: If you have any queries regarding the recruitment for F1 Stand-Alone programmes please contact

For further information on F1 recruitment please click here: UKFPO

FY2 LAT Vacancies - 2017

Applications will be accepted through the online application system (Oriel) from 09:00 (GMT) on Monday 13th March 2017. 

The application window will close at 12:00 noon (GMT) on Monday 10th April 2017.

For further information on F2 Recruitment process please click here: UKFPO

This page was last updated on: 13.03.2017 at 13.23.