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Academic Foundation

Foundation programmes

Scotland offers sixty Academic Foundation Programmes across the whole country, linked to the four Scottish regions (East, North, South East, West) and the Universities of Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.


Region Total Posts Research Posts Teaching Posts Leadership Posts
East  6  4  1  1
North  15  9  6  0
South East  18  18  0  0
West  21  21  3 (with research)  0


Uniquely, the academic programmes offered in Scotland are linked to the four Scottish regions - East, North, South East and West. This gives great variety and choice since the types of academic programmes offered by each region are slightly different and cover diverse specialties and themes. As part of the application process to Scotland, you will be required to rank the programmes in which you are interested on Oriel in preference order. You do not need to rank all the programmes, but you will only be considered for the programmes you have ranked. These rankings will not be seen by those short-listing or interviewing but is to aid the offers process.

Further information on the academic programmes offered in each region can be found on the main Scottish Foundation Programmes page.






Under the UK recruitment process, Scotland acts as one 'Academic Unit of Application' (AUoA) which is equivalent to the Foundation School. Applications for Academic Programmes are completed through the main recruitment system Oriel.

Please remember that if you wish to apply for any Academic Foundation Programme, you must apply and register on the Oriel system through the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) from 24th September 2018.

Please read the FP/AFP Applicants Handbook (external link) before continuing with your application. 

For further information on the Scottish Foundation School Academic Programme please read:

Scottish Foundation School (Scotland Deanery) Academic Foundation Programme (AFP)


**UK applicant nominations and FP/AFP application dates **

UK nominated applicants have been invited to register through Oriel from 24th September 2018.

The online FP/AFP application forms will be available on Oriel from Monday 1st October 2018. The application period closes at 12:00 noon (BST) on Friday 12th October 2018.

DatesAFP Activity
20 August 2018

View available Academic foundation programmes
AFPs in each AUoA are available to view on Oriel 

24 September 2018


2019 Recruitment - Part 1, National application

Register on Oriel. You will be sent an email containing a link to a URL. You will only be able to register if you have been nominated by your medical school/UKFPO.
1-12 October 2018

Complete the online Foundation Programme application form (including FP preferences, Educational Achievements) and AFP application form.  The application period closes at 12.00 noon (BST) on the 12th October 2018.

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

15 October 2018-11 January 2019

2019 Recruitment - Part 2, Local Selection
19-26 October 2018

Shortlisting of applications will take place.

  • If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a structured interview.
  • If you are invited for interview, you will be responsible for booking a time slot on Oriel. 
22-23 November 2018


Interviews for the Scottish Foundation School will be held at Salisbury Green Hotel, Pollock Halls, The University of Edinburgh, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY

16 January - 13 February 2019

AFP offers. Successful AFP applicants will receive offers during this period. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline. If you do not respond by the deadline, it will be assumed that you wish to decline the offer.

Please note that if you reject an initial offer from a Academic UoA you cannot be put back on the reserve list in order to be offered another post.


Additional Documentation for Local Application Process

Verification of your application

You will be asked to verify all of your educational achievements listed in your academic application form by supplying the relevant evidence. This includes degrees, publications, presentations and prizes. For example, if you have won a national prize, you would be expected to provide a letter or certificate of award. Verification will take place at the time of interview.

If you are unable to verify your answers, the Foundation School Director will review your application. This may affect your overall score and hence appointability to an Academic Foundation Programme. If there are serious doubts about the veracity of an answer, the Foundation School Director will withdraw you from the application process and refer you back to your medical school.

Skype Interviews

Skype interviews will only be offered to applicants who will be abroad on their elective at the time of the interviews.  Skype interviews will take place on the morning (BST) of Thursday 22nd November 2018.  If you wish to book a Skype interview please email Jackie Aitken at to arrange a suitable time.

Travel Expenses Policy

Please consult the Scottish Foundation School Travel Expenses Policy before booking your travel to the academic interview. A copy of the policy can be downloaded from here.


This page was last updated on: 29.01.2019 at 09.32.