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Can I apply to be placed in a specific area if I have a special requirement?

The Personal Circumstances process allows some applicants to apply to be pre-allocated to a Foundation School on the grounds of having a requirement to remain in a certain geographical area. The Scottish Foundation School also aims to accommodate Special Circumstances applications to the relevant region (East, North, South East or West).

What kinds of personal circumstances will be considered?

Criteria for applying to Personal Circumstances are available on the UKFPO website.

How and when do I apply for Personal Circumstances?

Please follow the guidance on the UKFPO website.

If my application is approved, will I be guaranteed allocation to my first choice of Group?

The Scottish Foundation School aims to accommodate Personal Circumstances applications to the relevant region (East, North, South East or West). Approved Personal Circumstances applications do not guarantee first choice preference of Group (e.g. E01, N05, S02, W13).

If I am being allocated through Personal Circumstances, does a high score in my SJT make me more likely to get my first choice of Group?

The pre-allocation process will take place ahead of allocations to Unit of Application therefore we will not have access to your SJT score during this process.

If I am being allocated through Personal Circumstances, do I still need to rank my Group preferences on Oriel?

The Oriel system requires you to rank your Group preferences, so you must do this even if you are being allocated through Personal Circumstances. You should rank the same preferences as those which you submitted to the Foundation School by e-mail.

When will I find out my Group allocation?

Your Group allocation will be released at the same time as other applicants. Please see the Scottish Foundation School timeline for further information.

Will my personal circumstances be taken into account in the allocation of my Programme?

The Personal Circumstances process only applies to the allocation process until the Group allocation. Once you have been allocated to a Group, your Programme will be allocated based upon your application score.

What happens if I am placed on the reserve list?

Pre-allocation to a specific Foundation School on the grounds of Personal Circumstances is only guaranteed for those who have a high enough application score to make the primary list. Other applicants will be placed on the reserve list. Applicants on the reserve list will be allocated to Foundation Schools in batches, on pre-set dates. Reserve list applicants with approved Personal Circumstances applications will only be allocated to their first-choice Foundation School if that School has vacancies available on the date on which they are allocated. If there are no places available at the applicant’s first choice Foundation School then they will be allocated elsewhere according to the places available, their score and their stated preferences.