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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.

Recruitment information displayed currently is for Foundation Programmes commencing in August 2021.

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.


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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 2021 Person Specification for the Foundation Programme.


Eligibility 2021

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


FP/AFP/FPP 2021 application dates

The online application form for the Foundation Programme, Academic Foundation Programme and Foundation Priority Programme was available on Oriel from 19th October 2020. The application period closed on 4th November 2020.


Recruitment to stand-alone Foundation Programme Vacancies 2021

Information regarding stand-alone programmes can be found on the UKFPO website. Please click here for an update about the stand-alone selection methodology for 2021 issued in March 2021.


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 here.


Guidance for EEA Nationals Post-Brexit

Please click here for the post-Brexit guidance for EEA nationals.

Immigration and COVID-19

Please click here for immigration advice from the UKFPO relating to COVID-19.


Please click here for guidance regarding visas from the UKFPO.



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