Oxford Academic Foundation Programme Recruitment 2020

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 This 2-year integrated Academic Foundation Programme is offered by Health Education England Thames Valley in conjunction with the University of Oxford.

National recruitment starts in October 2019 for two year Academic Foundation Programmes that begin in August 2020. The recruitment process is managed nationally by the UKFPO and uses the online recruitment system Oriel.

The 24 programmes are available to download as an Excel spreadsheet.

AFPs available in Oxford

There are 24 academic foundation programmes in research available in Oxford. The posts will be based across several trusts during Foundation Year 1 and mainly at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust for Foundation Year 2, and are designed to deliver the core competencies of Foundation training, enhanced with an academic curriculum.

We are keen to encourage applications from talented candidates worldwide.

Only candidates requiring provisional registration and who have not completed a Foundation year 1 or equivalent will be eligible. Candidates must not have full GMC registration at the start of the programme (August 2020).

Trainees are encouraged to select their own area of interest for their research when completing an academic programme. Additional advice on this can be gained from OUCAGS (Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School) when you have been accepted onto the Oxford Academic Foundation Programme.

The full list of academic programmes available within Oxford Foundation School are available via the Oriel website.

Please be advised all 2020 programmes are subject to change in relation to placement order, specialty, length, banding, site, and Trust due to the changing needs of the hospitals.

How to Apply

It is important that all applicants to 2020 academic programmes read the information provided on the UKFPO website.

For more information please refer to the person specification and eligibility criteria on the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) website.


Shortlisted applicants will receive a notification email via Oriel in week commencing 18th November 2019 with information and arrangements regarding their interview. 

Interview process

Please note that we do not allow the use of telephone or video interviews in our application process.

  • Interview date: Thursday 28th November 2019
  • Interview venue: Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford

Link to directions and travel information  

The Oxford Foundation School will hold interviews for all 24 academic foundation programmes on 28th November 2019. Each candidate will be interviewed by a clinical and communication skills panel and an academic panel and they must pass both sections of the interview stations to remain in the AFP process.

What to bring to Interview

  • Original passport plus 1 colour photocopy of the front cover and signature/photograph page
  • 1 passport-sized photograph
  • Original evidence of right to work in the UK plus 1 colour photocopy
  • Additional degree(s) plus 1 colour photocopy

Offers Process

Following all local interviews, the national offer process begins on 15th January 2020.

Successful candidates will receive an email from Oriel with an offer of an academic foundation programme. In addition successful applicants will receive a letter directly from the Oxford Foundation School with full details of the academic programme offered.

Applicants have two working days to accept or reject any offer(s) made to them. If the applicant does not accept or reject the offer within this period, it will be assumed they have rejected the offer and it will be withdrawn.

A cascade process will be run until 17th February 2019 to appoint to any unfilled AFP vacancies. Applicants should refer to the full timeline in the UKFPO applicant handbook.


Feedback requests should be emailed to Foundation.TV@hee.nhs.uk

For any queries regarding the Oxford Academic Foundation Programme Recruitment 2019 please contact us Foundation.TV@hee.nhs.uk.

Requests for feedback will only be accepted in writing between 18th February 2020 and 29th March 2020.
All requests will be completed within 40 calendar days as outlined in the Data Protection Act 1998.   

The Oxford Foundation School retains all recruitment information for a period of 13 months following interview.  After this time all recruitment material, other than statistics, is destroyed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Full guidance should be available on the UKFPO website regarding achievements in the Applicants’ Handbook. Please contact UKFPO in the first instance if you are unsure.

Whitespace Questions

Whitespace questions are to be interpreted by the applicant. No further guidance will be offered.


Longlisting is carried out using the essential eligibility criteria and national person specification criteria, available on the UKFPO website. If the programme is heavily subscribed to we may also consider academic achievement. No further information on the process will be given.


Oxford Foundation School has a rigorous internal scoring process that reflects academic achievement and responses to whitespace questions within Oriel applications. No further information on the process will be given.

Educational Achievements

We will not be able to accept any educational achievements not already part of your application. No exceptions will be made.

Full guidance should be available on the UKFPO website regarding achievements in the Applicants’ Handbook. Please contact UKFPO in the first instance if you are unsure.

If you are still unsure whether you should include an achievement in your application, it is recommended to submit it anyway as it can be excluded at a later stage without penalty.

You must provide evidence that confirms the title, author/s name, publication title and reference for publications that have been submitted but are unpublished (i.e. no PMed-ID). This information can normally be obtained from the front page of your article but not always. You will not need to provide evidence of publications with a PMed-ID as these can be verified electronically before the interviews.

If the achievement is declined as part of the national verification process following appeal, this decision will be final.

Situational Judgement Test

We do not use the SJT score for AFP rankings, however, applicants who do not meet the benchmark pass score will not be eligible to take up a post (as per UKFPO’s guidance for all FP/AFP appointments).

“If my AFP application is unsuccessful, can I only apply for an AFP post for F2?”

Yes Oxford Foundation School has an internal Academic F2 recruitment process which occurs during the F1 year.