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

Survey for Foundation Programme Allocation Process Stakeholder Engagement Now Open

Professor Elizabeth Hughes, Deputy Medical Director, Health Education England said:

“Help us shape how the Foundation Programme allocation is delivered next year. We want to make sure there is a fair system that gives everyone who applies the best possible chance to go to their preferred Foundation School. Get involved in our survey and make sure your voice is heard.”

Please find the survey here:


Stakeholder engagement on possible change to the allocation process for the Foundation Programme for 2024

The four UK statutory education bodies have today launched an engagement process to seek views on a possible change to the allocation process to the Foundation Programme for 2024.

Please click here for more information and how to get involved.

2023 UK Foundation Programme (FP) Application Statement

At the close of national application to the 2023 UK Foundation Programme on 21 September 2022, UKFPO had received 9905 applications.

We can confirm that all eligible applicants currently in the application process will be allocated a place on the UK Foundation Programme in 2023.  Further guidance outlining the allocation process will be released by the end of January 2023.

The UKFP 2023 Applicant Guide to Allocation can be found under the key documents section of our programmes page.

UKFPO F2 Stand-alone Programme for 2023

There has been huge interest in the UKFPO Stand-alone F2 programme for 2023. 

This year we have approximately 90 posts available in the following Foundation Schools:

Foundation SchoolNumber of vacancies (approximate and subject to change)
East Anglia31
Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire (EBH)5
North West13

Last year we had 1293 applicants for F2 Standalone posts and expect a similar number this year, which means it will be an extremely competitive process.

Applicants are advised that interviews will only be offered to applicants who have achieved the very highest SJT scores.  As was the case last year,  interviews will be offered on a 3:1 ratio of candidates to posts available. 

The UKFPO would also like to remind applicants:

  • UKFPO do not provide a pre-checking service for applications. 
  • Please refer to the F2 Standalone applicant handbook pages 5 -7 for a list of the geographical areas that fall under the foundation schools listed above.
  • The details of specific programmes and posts available within each foundation school are not yet confirmed.  These will be available to applicants on Oriel during the programme preferencing window (Thursday 27 April –Tuesday 09 May).  
  • Interviews will be held in April and successful applicants will be offered posts in May.

The application window closed on Monday 30 January 2023 (12:00 midday GMT).

UKFP 2023 Applicant Handbook

The 2023 Applicant Handbook can be found under the key documents section of our programmes page, along with How to Apply for Foundation Programme guidance.

UKFPO Bulletin

Read the latest UKFPO bulletin (January 2023)

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