Foundation Recruitment 2017


Foundation Year 1 (F1) enables medical graduates to begin to put into practice the skills learned at medical school whilst under close supervision within a variety of hospital and community healthcare settings. Satisfactory completion will allow application for full GMC registration and progression to Foundation Year 2 (F2).

For full details of the national recruitment process for Foundation Year 1, please see the UKFPO website. Application to the Foundation Programme is via the online application system Oriel.

With effect from August 2017 West Midlands Schools will have linked F1 and F2 programmes. Trainees who commenced foundation training in August 2016 allocation to F2 is by a separate process; click here for more information.

The West Midlands covers a large geographical area and hence offers numerous diverse posts in its Foundation Programme, spread across three Foundation Schools in three Units of Application*: 

Full details of the Trusts within each Foundation School can be found on individual Foundation School pages, along with links to Trust websites giving more local information.

* NB For the Academic Foundation Programme, there is only one UoA - West Midlands.

Allocation to Programmes

Please see the Allocation to Programmes page for information on the matching process.

Reserve List Allocations

Where there are more applicants than posts available, any applicants not initially allocated to a programme will be placed on a reserve list.  For more information, see the Allocation to Programmes page.

Allocations to F2 Posts (Only applicable to Aug 2016 cohort)

Allocation to F2 is by a separate process; see the F2 Application Process for Current Trainees page for details.

Page Updated: 5 October 2016



11 Jul 2016

National eligibility process begins

10 Aug 2016

National eligibility process closes

26 Sept 2016

Indicative programmes available to view online and registration/enrolment on Oriel

3 Oct 2016

Application period opens for eligible applicants

14 Oct 2016

Application period closes
Special Circumstances - application period closes

2 Dec 2016

1st SJT

9 Jan 2017

2nd SJT

9 Mar 2017

Applicants informed of allocation to Foundation School

13 Mar 2017 (TBC)

Applicants informed of process for preferencing programmes 

10 Mar 2017

Request for applicant references via online system

20 Mar 2017

Deadline for submission of programme preferences via online system by 12:00 midday GMT

10 Apr 2017

Deadline for receipt of online references

6 Apr 2017

Applicants informed of match to programme result

26 July 2017

Pre-employment shadowing


Page Updated:  28 September 2016