How to Apply

To apply for the Foundation Programme and Academic Foundation Programme, first you need to ensure you are eligible to apply. If you graduated (or are graduating) from a UK medical school after the 5th August 2018, your medical school will confirm your eligibility on your behalf.

If you are graduating from a medical school outside of the UK, or graduated from a UK school prior to 5th August 2018, you will need to submit an eligibility application to the UKFPO. Please refer to the Eligibility Information page for more information.

For more information on the application process please read the UKFP 2020 Applicants' Handbook, application presentation and person specification on the Applicant Guidance page.


The National Application window is 30th September 2019 - 11th October 2019 12:00 BST



All applications must be submitted through Oriel (national online application system), Applicants can access 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.

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