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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 2018

Information to follow early 2018


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 - 2018

Information to follow early 2018

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

This page was last updated on: 29.09.2017 at 12.33.