UK Foundation Programme

UK Foundation Programme

Here you will find information about how to apply to the 2-year Foundation Programme and Stand-alone programmes.

News and Updates


Read the latest UKFPO News Bulletin: 16th September 2020

Foundation Programme Review

Supporting Trainers, Supporting Doctors, Supporting Patients

In 2018–2019 the HEE Foundation Programme Review heard evidence

from a wide range of stakeholders, including foundation doctors,

about the difficulties faced by those entering foundation training from

medical school. A number of recommendations were made and this

pack outlines progress and contains practical information to assist with


UKFP 2021: Key Documents

  • UK Foundation Guide – A comprehensive catalogue of responsibilities, regulations and processes involved in the Foundation Programme, covering applicants, Foundation Schools and the UKFPO.
  • UKFP Rough Guide – An overview of the content and curriculum of the Foundation Programme.
  • UKFP 2021: Eligibility Applicant Guidance – A comprehensive overview of the eligibility application process, for those who need to submit eligibility applications for 2021. (Please be advised that this guidance is subject to change in light of external dependencies and in particular, in regard to the current public health pandemic. The UKFPO will provide updates, as necessary.)
  • UKFP 2021 Applicants’ Presentation – A presentation for prospective applicants in 2021, providing a brief overview of the Foundation Programme and the application process.
  • UKFP 2021 Applicant’s Handbook – A handbook for prospective applicants in 2021, providing comprehensive instructions/guidance concerning the application process for UKFP 2021.
  • UKFP 20201 High-Level Timeline – A timeline covering the main dates and events in the 2021 recruitment process.

**Situational Judgement Test – Resources and information now published**

Further resources and guidance has been published regarding the Situational Judgement Test. It includes comprehensive FAQs, applicant guidance, practice papers, reasonable adjustments guide and easy read information pages. If you are planning on taking the SJT this year, please ensure you fully read all of the guidance available.

All of the information can be found on the resources page here.

Watch our short introductory video on the SJT

New version of Oriel for Applicants

All applications must be submitted through Oriel (national online application system). You can access the new version of Oriel here. 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.

Important: You will need to create a new Oriel account on the version linked to above before you can make any 2021 applications.

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

Further information can be found in HEE’s statement here.

Clinical Assessment Update

To support social distancing and the safety of all involved, the National Clinical Assessment will now take place over 5 days from Monday 16th – Friday 20th November 2020.

Tier 4 Immigration Changes

UKVI have released the statement of changes to the Immigration Rules for Tier 4 which will take effect from the 5th October 2020. Please see the attached document for more information. Points Based System

Evidence of English Language Proficiency – New Deadline!

We are now in a position to confirm that the deadline for applicants to provide evidence of English language proficiency has been extended to 12:00 (noon) on Wednesday 7th October 2020. If you do not have evidence of English language proficiency by the close of the application window on Wednesday 2nd September, you will have until Wednesday 7th October to send this evidence to Unfortunately, we are unable to extend this deadline any further due to the implications for other component parts of the application process.

Applicants who meet all of the other criteria who are outstanding evidence of English language proficiency will be considered ‘Eligible with conditions’ until this deadline is reached, at which point, their application will either be amended to ‘Eligible’ or ‘Ineligible’ based on the supporting information received by this date/time.

The main application window will open for all eligible applicants on Monday 19th October 2020.

UKFP 2021: Applicants’ Presentation

The UKFPO has created a video version of the Applicants’ Presentation, available to view below in three parts:

A presentation for prospective applicants in 2021, providing a brief overview of the Foundation Programme and the application process.

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