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Academic Foundation

Foundation programmes

Scotland offers sixty Academic Foundation Programmes across the whole country, linked to the four Scottish Deaneries and the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.

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 done 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) site during October.

Please read the FP/AFP 2017 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 25 September 2017.

The online FP/AFP application forms will be available on Oriel from Monday 02 October 2017. The application period closes at 12:00 noon (GMT) on Friday 13 October 2017.

DatesAFP Activity
21 August 2017

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

25 September 2017


2017 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.
2-13 October 2017

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 13th October 2017.

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

18 October 2017-12 January 2018

AFP 2018 Recruitment - Part 2, Local Selection
18-26 October 2017

Short listing 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. 
16 & 17 November 2017

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

17 January - 14 February 2018

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 (UK time) of Thursday, 16th November 2017.  If you wish to book a telephone 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.

Scottish Foundation School

Uniquely, the academic programmes offered in Scotland are linked to the four Scottish Deaneries - East, North, South East and West. This gives great variety and choice since the types of academic programmes offered by each Deanery 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 you are interested in on the FPAS site 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 Deanery can be found on the main Scottish Foundation Programmes page.






This page was last updated on: 06.03.2018 at 16.53.