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Scottish Medical Training

Scotland - the home of medical excellence

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. 

Details of indicative rotations in each region can be found by using the left-hand menu. You can also find information about F2 stand-alone recruitment and overviews of programmes by location and content.


Overview of post numbers


Two-year Foundation Programme posts available

Two-year Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP) posts available

Two-year Foundation Priority Programme (FPP) posts available









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Allocation to Foundation Programmes

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

Stage 1 – You will be required to rank the Groups (e.g. E01) 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, W21, E01 and do not have to rank all the Groups in one region together.

Stage 2 - Once allocated to a Group, you will be required to rank the individual Programmes (e.g. E01001, E01002) in that Group which also provides 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 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.