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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 to a nationally agreed timetable commencing in September.

How to Apply

Applications for Foundation should be made through the national system UKFPO. 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 849 funded training opportunities for foundation doctors delivered across four regions through 54 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 post.

Find out how the School is managed


**Eligibility application window for Foundation Programme 2019**

The eligibility application period for 2019 closed on 8th August 2018 at 12.00 (BST). Please note that no late applications will be considered.


**Eligibility application window for Foundation Programme 2020**

The eligibility application window for 2020 opens on 24th June 2019 and closes on 7th August 2019 at 12.00 (BST).


Please see the UKFPO website for more information.

Recruitment to stand-alone Foundation Programme Vacancies 2019

Recruitment timeline for F2 stand-alone programmes 2019

Tuesday 1st – Thursday 31st January 2019 12:00 GMT

Application window on Oriel. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

By Thursday 7th February 2019

Central longlisting to be completed.

Monday 11th February 2019

Clinician-led longlisting panels convene to consider desirable criteria.

Monday 18th February 2019

Longlisting outcomes released to applicants.

Thursday 21st February 2019

Applicants invited to book interview slots on Oriel.

Thursday 28th February 2019

Closing date for applicants to book interviews on Oriel.

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th March 2019

Interviews. Applicants will attend a 20-minute panel interview using national scoring criteria.

Monday 18th March 2019

Interview outcomes released to applicants.

Tuesday 19th – Tuesday 26th March 2019

Applicants invited to preference individual programmes on Oriel.

Further information about stand-alone programmes is available on the UKFPO website.

This page was last updated on: 14.01.2019 at 15.30.