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Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) Recruitment

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

Applicants choosing to apply for AFP will need to submit separate applications (up to a maximum of 2) in addition to their FP application. Applicants will receive an automated e-mail on Oriel to confirm submission of their application, after which time applicants will only be able to edit their personal and referee details.

Please read the FP/AFP Applicants Handbook 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 were invited to register through Oriel from Monday 23rd September 2019.

The online FP/AFP application forms was available on Oriel from Monday 30th September 2019. The application period closed at 12:00 noon (BST) on Friday 11th October 2019.


DatesAFP Activity
19th August 2019

View available Academic foundation programmes

AFPs in each AUoA are available to view on Oriel 

23rd September 2019


2019 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.
30th September 2019 - 11th October 2019

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 11th October 2019.

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

14th October 2019 - 10th January 2020

Scottish AFP Local Recruitment Process e.g. long-listing, short-listing, interviews
14th October 2019 - 28th October 2019

Longlisting and 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. 
  • Short-listing outcomes will be released to applicants on 28th October 2019
27th November 2019 - 28th November 2019


Interviews for the Scottish Foundation School will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton, Edinburgh Airport, 100 Eastfield Road, Edinburgh, EH28 8LL. 

15th January 2020 - 12th February 2020

AFP offers and offer cascade.

Successful AFP applicants will receive offers during this period. Offer cascades will take place each Wednesday followed by mop-up offers. 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. You will automatically be moved to the FP allocation process.

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.


Documents for interview 

You must bring with you to your interview your passport or driving licence and a colour photocopy of the document. You must also bring proof of address e.g. utility bill or drivers licence and a photocopy of the document.

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. You will be expected to bring these documents to your interview. Please make sure that your documents are in a folder and file them in the same order as they are listed in your application.

Skype Interviews

Skype interviews may be offered to applicants who will be abroad on their elective at the time of the interviews. However, it is strongly recommended that you attend the interview in person. Skype interviews will be offered only on the afternoon of 28th November. No alternative dates will be offered. If you wish to book a Skype interview please email Gillian Carter via

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.