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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 two 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, hospitals and 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.

Find out how the School is managed (external site)

Recruitment to stand-alone F1 and F2 Foundation Programme Vacancies 2018

F1 and F2 Stand-alone Programmes 2018

If you hold or expect to hold full registration with the GMC by the start of the programme (1st August 2018), you will be eligible to apply for F1 and F2 stand-alone programmes, providing you meet the essential criteria of the person specification(s). Please review the person specifications and applicant guidelines before registering and applying.

The application window will open on 1st February 2018 and will close on 28th February 2018.

Applications can be made through Oriel:

The Oriel applicant portal is compatible with Internet Explorer 11, Safari 7+, Google Chrome 30+, Firefox 24+ and Edge. Applicants are advised to use one of these browsers when using the website and preferably the most up to date version of that browser.

Please note that the system is not compatible with Internet Explorer 7 – 10. 

Further information is available on the UKFPO website:

This page was last updated on: 06.03.2018 at 12.14.