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Selection to the Foundation Programme is overseen by the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO). Applicants must apply to the Foundation Programme through Oriel and rank all foundation schools. There's also the option to apply for specialised and priority programmes.
To be considered for any of the two-year programmes, you must be eligible for provisional registration with the GMC and have been nominated or deemed eligible in order to apply.
Allocation to foundation schools depends on the score achieved by each student. The system begins with the highest-scoring applicant, assigns them their first choice, and continues in the same vein. Once the system reaches an applicant whose first choice is full, they're assigned their second choice and so on.
Therefore, whether you get placed at your first choice location is down to your score and the popularity of your chosen foundation school.
Applications have a maximum of 100 points consisting of:
Applicants are then given a total score comprising their EPM score and SJT score and ranked in score order. In the event of tied scores, the decile score is used first to break ties, then the SJT score, and then ties are broken randomly. The unique ranks are then used to match groups and programmes.
If there are more eligible applicants than places top ranking applicants are placed on a primary list. Following the allocation process, primary list applicants are matched to groups and programmes. Applicants not allocated to the primary list are placed on a reserve list and allocated in batches on predetermined dates.
Still have questions? See the UKFP Application FAQs on the UKFPO website.