Proof of ID
All applicants must provide proof of identification – this is a mandatory requirement for all applicants.
Identification can be provided in the form of a passport or ID card
All applicants are required to provide a Dean’s Statement – this is a mandatory requirement for all applicants.
You must use the template Dean’s Statement.
All applicants are required to provide evidence of their medical degree – this is a mandatory requirement for all applicants.
Applicants who do not have a degree certificate should provide a letter of recommendation from the medical school as proof of qualification.
All applicants must be eligible for provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Applicants who hold or expect to hold full registration are not eligible.
Applicants who are required to undertake PLAB must provide evidence.
English Language Proficiency
English language proficiency can be demonstrated by:
1. Providing a valid IELTS with a minimum score of 7.5 in each domain at one sitting, or a valid OET with a minimum score of 400 in each domain at one sitting. Your IELTS/OET sitting must be dated no more than two years prior to the start of the programme and therefore, for 2023 entry, no earlier than 2 August 2021.
IMPORTANT: You must share your OET results with the UKFPO. If your results are not shared, the UKFPO will be unable to verify your result and your application may be marked as ineligible. Instructions on how to share your results through your OET online account can be found here.
2. Alternatively, proof that your primary medical qualification has been undertaken solely in English, that all examinations undertaken were solely in English and your primary medical qualification included at least 75% of contact with patients in English. The General Medical Council (GMC) maintains a list of institutions from which they will not accept evidence of English Language proficiency. Confirmation of English language proficiency on a medical school Dean’s statement will only be considered if the medical school is not on this list: http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/registration_applications/23567.asp
You can find more Frequently Asked Questions on English Language Proficiency here.
Applicants who qualified on or before 2 August 2021 will be required to undertake the clinical assessment – applicants must pass the assessment in order to be deemed eligible for foundation training.
Right to Work
Evidence of right to work is not required at the point of eligibility application. Non-UK/settled workers will be required to provide evidence of their Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the 2 year foundation training programme (2023 entry, finishing August 2025) upon successful allocation. Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) will be arranged for applicants who need to apply for a Visa.
If you already hold Right to Work status at the point of eligibility application and it will remain valid for the entire duration of the 2 year foundation programme, please upload this evidence in your Oriel eligibility application.
Top tip: If you currently have Right to Work which will expire before the programme starts in August 2023, please indicate on your Oriel application that you will require sponsorship. A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) will then be arranged for you once you have been allocated to a programme.
If your visa is due to expire part-way through the 2 year foundation programme, you will need to provide evidence of your continued Right to Work status beyond this point, or you may need to apply for an extension or alternate visa without disrupting your training programme.
Applicants applying through eligibility must:
- Have a valid medical degree recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) by the start of the UK Foundation Programme 2023
- Expect to obtain provisional registration with a licence to practise with the GMC by the start of the UK Foundation Programme 2023
- Be a UK national, a final year medical student in the UK, or have/be expected to have the right to work as a doctor in training in the UK which remains valid for the duration of the UK Foundation Programme 2023
- Have the written approval of the medical school Dean via the signed Dean Statement (or the Dean’s nominated representative/equivalent official to the Dean) to apply for a UK Foundation Programme
- Be able to start their UK Foundation Programme placement by 2 August 2023. Please be aware there is a mandatory shadowing period ahead of the placement start date (dates to be determined by the employing Trust).
- Be of good standing and fit to practise medicine safely in accordance with the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013)
- Have demonstrable skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English language that enable effective communication in clinical practice with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013)
- Have qualified from medical school within two years of the start of the UK Foundation Programme 2023 entry, OR successfully completed the national clinical assessment
- Supply all relevant documents as requested
- You are not eligible to apply for the UK Foundation Programme if you obtain, or expect to obtain, full registration with the GMC by the start of the UK Foundation Programme.