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What is the matching process? 

The matching process is the process by which candidates are allocated to a Group and Programme (for definitions of the terms Group and Programme, please click here).

Should I avoid placing popular Groups at the head of my list? 

If you place popular Groups G1, G2 and G3 in, say, positions 1, 2 and 3 on your list, and a less popular Group G4 in position 4, your chances of being allocated to G4 are no less than they would have been if you had disguised your true preferences by placing G4 first. In other words, there is no advantage in 'faking' your preferences. For applicants with low scores (it is difficult to predict just how low) there is some danger of ending up being randomly allocated to a remaining Group if you include only popular Groups in your list.

Could I fail to be matched to a Group or Programme? 

No - if you have been allocated to Scotland you will be matched to a Group and a Programme.

Is there an upgrade system for me to upgrade to a higher ranked Group or Programme if one becomes available?

There is no upgrade system for the Foundation Programme, Specialised Foundation Programme or Foundation Priority Programmes.

If I don't like where I am matched, is there any "swap" system for me to change or can I have changes made to my programme? 

The School does not allow any “swaps”.  All of our programmes are balanced educationally and are quality monitored by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) through its quality management processes.   

Exceptionally, changes can be made for operational reasons relating to the running of the programme, or when specific circumstances warrant it on the basis of a trainee's health or well-being.  

Trainees should not worry if they don’t secure exactly the Foundation Programme of their choice. The placements will not have a direct bearing on their chances of getting into a specific specialty training programme. Trainees should ensure that they can demonstrate commitment through other means, for example Tasters, arranging their own observations, meetings with consultants, courses and research. 


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