2 Year Foundation Programme Documents

Defence Deanery
Eligibility Applications

UKFP 2021: Eligibility Applicant Guidance – A comprehensive overview of the eligibility application process, for those who need to submit eligibility applications for 2021. (Please be advised that this guidance is subject to change in light of external dependencies and in particular, in regard to the current public health pandemic. The UKFPO will provide updates, as necessary.)

UKFP 2021: Dean’s Statement – This is a compulsory part of the eligibility application process.

UKFP 2021: Reapplication to Foundation Training Form – This is compulsoryonly if you have previously been removed or resigned from a two-year Foundation Programme. (Word version available here)

For further information on eligibility applications visit the eligibility page on this website or the eligibility FAQs on the FAQ page.

Educational Performance Measure (EPM)

UKFP 2021: Educational Performance Measure Framework (to be uploaded later in 2020)

Guidance for Medical Schools
Inter-Foundation School Transfers (IFST)

Please note, to open the form, please open in your documents rather than opening in your browser.

Please note, the central IFST process has now closed but please contact your foundation school directly if you wish to discuss further.

Inter-Foundation School Transfer Form 2020

Inter-Foundation School Transfer Guidance 2020


UKFP 2021: Oversubscription Guidance

UKFP 2020: Application Summary Report (to be uploaded later in 2020)

UKFP 2019: Application Summary Report

Prescribing Safety Assessment

UKFP 2021: PSA Guidance (to be uploaded later in 2020)

Situational Judgement Test

Medical students / graduates sitting the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) in December 2020 and January 2021 will be accessing the SJT via a digital platform. Pearson VUE and Work Psychology Group have partnered with Health Education England and the UKFPO to develop a computer based SJT, to be introduced as part of the application process for UKFP 2021.

Although delivery of the test for December 2020 and January 2021 will change, we will continue to deliver a test that is reliable and accessible. Those sitting the SJT in December 2020 or January 2021 will take the test either at the local Pearson Vue testing centre in their area, or remotely with an online proctor. Applicants will have the option to choose the date and time of their test around their own availability (within 2 test windows).

The provisional dates are as follows:

Window 1 – 7th December 2020 to 19th December 2020

Window 2 – 18th January 2021 to 23rd January 2021

Information for Medical Schools

Information for Applicants

Reasonable Adjustments Process – Applicants Guidance

SJT Communications – June 2020 Update


Further information will be published throughout 2020.

Special Circumstances

The Special Circumstances process will be open until 4th November 2020, for applicants to UKFP 2021. We accept PDF versions of the form and electronic signatures. Please ensure you email your form to the help desk: helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk by the deadline.

Special Circumstances: Application Form (please open in your downloads rather than in your browser)

Special Circumstances: Checklist for Applicants

Special Circumstances: Applicant Guidance

Special Circumstances: Medical School Guidance

Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP)

All applicants to the Foundation Programme are encouraged to make full use of the process for Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP) by completing the relevant form. This process is intended to support the transition from undergraduate medical education to postgraduate training and employment as a doctor. Applicants have an opportunity to share information in relation to their health, welfare, performance and skills and professionalism. The information provided on the form is confirmed, or in some cases expanded upon, by staff at the graduating medical school, and is used by the applicant’s allocated Foundation School to ensure that new trainees get the right educational and pastoral support during their two-year programme and to see if they require reasonable adjustments to complete the programme.

This form is obtained in advance of the start of the programme to allow Foundation Schools and employers time to identify suitable adjustments, if necessary, and prepare for the arrival of trainees by ensuring appropriate support mechanisms are in place. Once you know which foundation school you have been allocated to it is your responsibility to ensure that they receive your completed STEP form.

Who should complete the online STEP form?

The online STEP form is open to UK Medical School students only.

If you are applying through the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, then you will complete a paper-based STEP form. This form needs to be printed and completed by the applicant, and be signed by their graduating medical school. The form then needs to be sent to the applicant’s Foundation School via email (as a scanned attachment) or via post.

Clarification on St George’s (Cyprus Campus) and Newcastle University (Malaysia Campus) students

Students from St George’s, University of London who complete their studies in Cyprus should complete the online STEP form and write “Cyprus” when completing question 6.

Newcastle University students who complete their studies in Malaysia should use the paper-based form and ask their campus to endorse their form.

STEP Guidance Documents and Forms:

Online Form (UK Medical School Graduates)

Paper Form (Eligibility Office Applicants)

Guidance for Foundation Schools

Guidance for Medical Schools

Guidance for Medical Schools: Converting STEP forms to PDFs

Guidance for Students

STEP Online System FAQs

Quick Start Guide for Students

User Access Guide

Tier 4

The below documents relate to applicants starting in August 2020.  Documents relating to applications for August 2021 will be uploaded in the future.

Tier 4 Key dates for Foundation Schools

Tier 4 Key dates for Tier 4 Applicants

Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship Process

Tier 4 FAQs