2 Year Foundation Programme Documents

Academic Foundation Programme
Applicant Guidance
Defence Deanery
Eligibility Guidance
Educational Performance Measure (EPM)
Guidance for Medical Schools

The guidance for Medical Schools for 2020 can be found below:

Guidance for Medical Schools 2020

Inter-Foundation School Transfer

If you are an F1 Foundation Doctor and have extenuating circumstances which you believe mean you have to transfer to another Foundation School for your F2 year, then you can apply for an Inter-Foundation School Transfer (IFST).

Please consult the guidance below before making an application.

Inter-Foundation School Transfer Guidance

To access the application form, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat or a similar PDF viewer. This document will not open within your web browser. To access the form:

1)   Click on the link: Inter-Foundation School Transfer Application Form

2)   It will display a white page saying ‘Please Wait’.  

3)   Please click ‘download’, this will save the form to your computer.  It will still not display the form in your browser.

4)   Go to your folders/documents in your computer.  Go to the ‘downloads’ folder.  The form will be in there as a PDF document.

Please note: The IFST window opens on Monday 2nd March 2020 and closes on Thursday 19th March 2020.

Results of IFST requests will be made available via email on Monday 20th April 2020.  Following this, if you wish to appeal the outcome of your IFST application, then please follow the appeals procedure laid out below (and explained in the guidance):

Inter-Foundation School Transfer Appeals Process

FP 2020 Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
FP 2021 Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

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


Further information will be published throughout 2020.

Prescribing Safety Assessment
Special Circumstances
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 Students

STEP Online System FAQs

Quick Start Guide for Students

User Access Guide

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