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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.

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 currently 849 funded two-year training foundation programmes delivered across four regions.

More information about the School and the opportunities we provide can be found on the Scotland Deanery website.

For all queries about Foundation Training in Scotland please contact


Please click here for an overview of the UKFP 2020 Application Processes.


Person Specification

Please click here for the UKFPO 2020 Person Specification for the Foundation Programme.



The eligibility application window for 2020 closed on 7th August 2019 at 12 noon (BST).

Please see the UKFPO website for more information.


Recruitment to stand-alone Foundation Programme Vacancies 2020

The application period for 2020 F2 stand-alone programme vacancies will be open from Monday 6th January 2020 until 12 noon on Monday 3rd February 2020.

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

Please click here for the 2020 stand-alone applicant guidance.

The eligibility criteria for F2 stand-alone posts has changed for 2020. Allocations at F1 level are two-year training contracts. Trainees who have initially been allocated to two-year Foundation training posts are encouraged to continue in their existing post for the duration of the programme. Foundation Programmes are balanced to ensure trainees experience a range of specialties and healthcare settings. In the past when F1 trainees have been able to apply in open competition for F2 stand-alone posts, programmes have been disrupted and trainees have not been guaranteed to rotate through a range of placements in line with the curriculum. We have also found that the availability of training places at F2 level has often not met the expectations of current F1 trainees, particularly those seeking to move to London, as very few places arise at F2 level in the more popular locations.

The recruitment process to F2 stand-alone posts is designed to provide a route of entry to training in the UK for doctors who graduate overseas with full registration, and would otherwise be ineligible for the two-year Foundation Programme at F1 level.

In light of the change in person specification criteria, the Inter-Foundation School Transfer (IFST) process has been liberalised to include additional criterion. This process will also be managed centrally moving forward to ensure accessibility and continuity of process for trainees. F1 trainees who have had a change in personal circumstances since their initial allocation have the option to apply for an IFST. In the first instance, trainees are always encouraged to liaise with their clinical and/or educational supervisor to consider options for adjustments to programmes in line with their personal circumstances. It may be that there are mechanisms of support available within your Foundation School and/or employing organisation that could assist your situation.

Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the UKFPO team via

Situational Judgement Test 2021

Medical students/graduates sitting the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) in December 2020 and January 2021 will be accessing the SJT via a digital platform which will be introduced as part of the application process for UKFP 2021.

The UKFPO has released further information regarding the SJT for applicants taking the test in December 2020 and January 2021 which can be found below.

Information for Medical Schools

Information for Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Further information will be released throughout 2020.



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