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Scottish Medical Training

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Foundation Training

Foundation Programmes

Scotland is one foundation school and is part of the Scotland Deanery.

This is a recruitment website and is not used to provide information for current trainees. Current Foundation trainees should visit the Scotland Deanery website for information about their training.

All rotations are indicative and subject to change.

Overview of posts:

Region F1 FP Posts available F1 AFP Posts available F1 FPP Posts available F2 FP Posts available F2 AFP Posts available F2 FPP Posts available
East 90 6 0 90 6 0
North 120 15 6 120 15 6
South East 180 18 0 180 18 0
West 363 15 36 363 15 36
Total 753 54 42 753 54 42


Allocation to Foundation Programmes:

On allocation to Scotland, you will be required to complete a two stage process before allocation to your individual foundation programme. 

Stage 1 – You will be required to rank the groups in order of preference.  Groups are ”clusters” of programmes that are in a particular region.  You can rank them in any order e.g. N01, S06, W22, E01 and do not have to rank all the programmes in one region together.

Stage 2 -  Once allocated to a group, you will be required to rank the individual programmes in that group which also provide you with information on the order of the rotation of placements.  You will then be matched to an individual programme.

Disclaimer: All applicants to Scotland will be guaranteed a two-year Foundation Programme. However it is important to note that even after being matched to and starting an individual programme within the two year Foundation Programme, you may have to change from the indicative allocated individual programme or have placements within your individual allocated programme altered at short notice.

This could be for a number of reasons, including your training needs, working time regulations, national directives and service redesign.

For all queries regarding Foundation Training in Scotland please contact

Please note that Scotland does not support or accredit doctors who wish to undertake their F1 or F2 year outside the UK.