Eligibility Application: GMC Registration FAQs

General Registration Queries:

What type of GMC registration is required for entry to foundation training?

Provisional registration with a licence to practise. 

If you are unsure which registration to apply for, use the GMC’s online applicant registration tool to identify the correct application for you and provide you guidance on the steps you need to take. Please click here to use the tool.

Do I need to be provisionally registered with the GMC when I submit my application?

No. You will need to have applied for and obtained provisional registration by the start of the programme. You are advised to apply for registration at least three months before the start of the programme.

For further information on applying for registration with the GMC, please visit their website here.

I have experience of working in a clinical setting, what level of registration will I be eligible for?

Applicants who have postgraduate experience of working in a clinical setting are advised to liaise with the General Medical Council (GMC) about their registration status. For example, applicants who have undertaken a 12-month internship may be eligible for full registration with the GMC, rendering them ineligible to apply for foundation training.

We would advise you to use the GMC’s online applicant registration tool to identify the correct application for you and provide you guidance on the steps you need to take. Please click here to use the tool.

What is an internship?

The definition of an internship is a period of pre-graduate or post-graduate clinical experience prior to having a licence to practise medicine unsupervised. You can check if your internship is acceptable on the GMC website here.

PLAB Queries:

Please note this is a guide and the onus is on all applicants to ensure they have checked with the GMC regarding PLAB requirements.
What are PLAB 1 and 2?

Before you can start work as a foundation doctor, you must have provisional registration with a licence to practise from the GMC. To obtain provisional registration, many applicants qualifying outside the UK are required to pass the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) examinations; PLAB 1 and PLAB 2, therefore you must follow the GMC requirements for PLAB.

Please visit the GMC website for more information on the requirements for gaining provisional registration. If you have any specific queries in relation to PLAB, please contact the GMC directly as PLAB is regulated by the GMC (not UKFPO). Applicants are required to hold provisional registration with the GMC in order work as an F1 doctor, so you must follow the GMC requirements for PLAB.

If I have to complete PLAB, what evidence does my eligibility application form need to provide?

If you have not yet qualified from medical school:

You must either provide evidence that you are not required to take the PLAB examinations (the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office will be able to determine this from your passport and medical degree certificate).

OR

Provide, as part of your eligibility application, a valid Dean’s Statement showing that you will qualify from medical school by (date TBC UKFP 2022). You would not be required to submit/upload any further evidence on Oriel.

If you have already qualified from medical school:

You must upload evidence related to your GMC registration status by uploading ONE of the following:

•A copy of the letter from the GMC confirming that you already have provisional registration with a licence to practise or a letter from the GMC confirming you are exempt from taking PLAB.

•Evidence that you are not required to take the PLAB examinations (the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office will be able to determine this from your passport and medical degree certificate).

•A copy of the email/ letter from the GMC proving you have successfully passed PLAB 1 or PLAB 2.

•A copy of the confirmation email/letter from the GMC showing that you have booked a place to take the PLAB 1 examination (no later than date TBC UKFP 2022).

How do I provide evidence of completion of PLAB 1 and/or PLAB 2 after I have submitted my eligibility application?

The previous FAQ explains what evidence you must provide concerning PLAB, at the time of submitting your eligibility application.

If, however, you have not sat and passed all of your PLAB tests at the time of your eligibility application (which is often the case), then you will need to continue to update the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office every time you book and/or pass a PLAB test.

To do this, after you have submitted your eligibility application, you must email helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk each time that you book another PLAB test, or receive confirmation from the GMC that you have passed another PLAB test.

You must make sure that your email forwards confirmation from the GMC, as this is all we can accept as proof. You must do this, by the deadlines specified (in the FAQ below and the eligibility guidance), otherwise we will have no proof that you have completed PLAB, and you will not be able to begin the programme in August 2021.

What are the deadlines for booking/completing PLAB 1 and PLAB 2?

UKFP 2022: You do not need to complete PLAB 1 and/or 2 at the time of making your eligibility application. There are however deadlines for completing and booking PLAB, which are explained below, in the eligibility guidance and the high-level timeline available on the Eligibility application page.

It is the onus of the applicant to ensure they have booked and completed both parts of PLAB and have obtained provisional registration by August 2022. This process can take several months, so you are advised to begin the process at least 3 months in advance.

If you do not pass either part of PLAB and / or meet the deadlines for the sittings to obtain provisional registration, your application will be deemed Ineligible and/ or withdrawn from the process.

If you have any questions about PLAB please email PLAB@gmc-uk.org. And if you have any questions about the Foundation Programme, please email helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk.

PLAB 1:

– To take PLAB 1, you must have qualified from medical school by 5th October 2021.

– The latest PLAB 1 examination date that would allow sufficient time to take PLAB 2 and obtain provisional registration from the GMC by the start of the programme is 4th November 2021.

– All PLAB 1 bookings must be made by 31st August 2021.

Applicants that do not already have a PLAB 1 booking should email PLAB@gmc-uk.org asking for access to available PLAB 1 places using the email confirmation from Oriel to show you have submitted your Eligibility application.

The GMC will only consider booking requests made before 31 August 2021. Any requests after this date will not be considered.

PLAB 2:

– The latest PLAB 2 examination (complete and pass) date that would allow sufficient time to take PLAB 2 and obtain provisional registration from the GMC by the start of the programme is 31st May 2022.

– All PLAB 2 bookings must be made by 5th April 2022.

– When deciding if PLAB 2 evidence is valid, the UKFPO uses the date that the examination was sat, not the date that the applicant received their results.

Right to Work:

Right to Work information can be found on our Right to Work/Visas page and our Right to Work/Visas FAQs.

More information on Eligibility can be found on our Eligibility Applications Page.