Foundation Recruitment 2018


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.

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.



26 Jul 2017

National eligibility process begins

9 Aug 2017

National eligibility process closes

25 Sept 2017

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

2 Oct 2017

Application period opens for eligible applicants

13 Oct 2017

Application period closes
Special Circumstances - application period closes

2 Dec 2017

1st SJT

8 Jan 2018

2nd SJT

8 Mar 2018

Applicants informed of allocation to Foundation School

9 Mar 2018 

Applicants informed of process for preferencing programmes 

9 Mar 2018

Request for applicant references via online system

19 Mar 2018 

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

5 Apr 2018

Applicants informed of match to programme result

9 Apr 2018

Deadline for receipt of online references

25 July 2018

Pre-employment shadowing


Page Updated:  07  March 2018