Step 2: Foundation Programme Application

The Foundation Programme is a two-year, work-based training programme which is intended to bridge the gap between medical school and specialty / general practice training.


All applications should be submitted through Oriel (national online application system). Applicants can access Oriel via Applicants are advised to start their applications early to allow sufficient time to complete the necessary sections of the application form and to gather evidence in support of their application.

The Oriel applicant portal is compatible with Internet Explorer 11, Safari 7+, Google Chrome 30+, Firefox 24+ and Edge. Applicants are advised to use one of these browsers when using the website and preferably the most up to date version of that browser. 

Please note that the system is not compatible with Internet Explorer 7 – 10. 

If at any point you find yourself getting stuck in a ‘loop’ or if there appears to be an error on the system, please try to access the site from a different web browser, for example, Google Chrome, or deleting your internet browser history in the first instance. For technical queries please contact the technical helpdesk via


20th August 2018

Academic programmes (AFP) available in each AUoA available to view on Oriel.

24th September 2018

Registration on Oriel opens.

27th September 2018

Deadline for request for reasonable adjustments to sit the SJT.

1st – 12th October 2018 at 12:00 noon (BST)

National application period: complete the online FP application form (including FP preferences, Educational Achievements) and AFP application form(s) for specific AUoAs.

12th October 2018 at 12 noon (BST)

Deadline for special circumstances applications to be submitted to the home medical school.

15th October 2018 – 11th January 2019

Local AFP recruitment process (e.g. long-listing, short-listing and interviews).

22nd October 2018

Verified Educational Achievements (EA) and total Educational Performance Measure (EPM) scores viewable to applicants on Oriel.