Foundation Programme

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After completing the medical degree, medical students are given provisional registration with a licence to practise by the General Medical Council. Students who wish to practise medicine in the UK then go on to apply to the Foundation Programme. This is a two-year training programme for newly qualified doctors. After successful completion of its first year, the General Medical Council grants full registration with a licence to practise. This is necessary to practise as a doctor in the UK.

Medical students will usually apply to the Foundation Programme while still in the final year of their medical degree. Other applicants, including those from outside of the UK, must contact the UK Foundation Programme Office directly to determine eligibility and how to apply. Please note that deadlines for determining eligibility and submitting an application are in place and should be confirmed on the UK Foundation Programme website.

Foundation training is paid employment and takes place in foundation schools, which are based in hospital Trusts. During the application stage, candidates will rank foundation schools according to where they would prefer to work for the two years following graduation. Each application is then given a score which is determined from the results the candidate achieves in the Educational Performance Measure and Situational Judgement Test. This score will decide which foundation school applicants are allocated to.

Educational Performance Measure (EPM)

The Educational Performance Measure reflects how medical students have performed academically up to the point of application to the Foundation Programme. Additional degrees, publications and presentations are eligible for extra points as part of the application process. The Educational Performance Measure is worth 50% of the final application score.

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

The Situational Judgement Test is a selection assessment designed to assess the aptitudes expected of a foundation doctor, as defined in the national Foundation Programme person specification. This is updated each year and can be found on the UK Foundation Programme Office website. The Situational Judgement Test is worth 50% of the final application score.

The Situational Judgement Test was developed in part by the Medical Schools Council and its delivery each year is managed by MSC Assessment.

The 2018 UK Foundation Programme Applicant Guide is now available and can be accessed on the Foundation Programme website.