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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.


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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


Person Specification

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



The eligibility application window for 2021 is open from 20th July 2020 to 2nd September 2020. Information can be found on the UKFPO website.


Recruitment to stand-alone Foundation Programme Vacancies 2021

Information regarding stand-alone programmes can be found on the UKFPO website.

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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