The Academic Foundation Programme

The Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) allows Foundation doctors to develop their research, teaching and leadership/management skills in addition to the clinical skills developed on the standard programme. It is intended for those who mean to pursue a career in academic medicine or research, or who would like to investigate the possibility, although the skills acquired will also be of benefit across a wide range of clinical careers.

For the Academic Foundation Programme, there is one Unit of Application (UoA) - West Midlands - which incorporates the West Midlands Central, North and South Foundation Schools.
Academic mentorship and formal teaching is provided throughout the Programme by the Universities of BirminghamWarwickKeele and Wolverhampton Medical Schools. All AFP trainees will have an academic supervisor.

Application to these posts is via the national online application system Oriel.

For further information on the Academic Foundation Programme, including eligibility and how to apply please refer to the AFP section of the UKFPO website.

Programmes deliver training for postholders to achieve a range of academic and clinical competencies required by the Curriculum for the Foundation Years in Postgraduate Education and Training and for full registration with the General Medical Council.

The West Midlands has 42 exciting Academic Foundation Year One training programmes commencing August 2021. There are 14 programmes, each taking three F1 pre-registration trainees. The rotation pattern will be 3 x 4 months.

Interviews will be held on 5th & 6th January 2021 (subject to the number of applicants).

Page Updated: August 2020




19th October 2020


National application period opens for eligible applicants

4th November 2020


National application period closes 12 noon (BST)

5th & 6th Jan 2021


Interviews subject to the number of applicants (note telephone interviews are not available)

13th Jan 2021


Applicants informed of outcome of interview



Deadline for accepting/rejecting offers 



Cascade Process

Following the acceptance period, if places are still available a cascade process will take place, between 20th January 2021 and 22nd January 2021, whereby HEE WM AFP AUoA will offer unfilled places to the next highest scoring applicant available who has not yet accepted an AFP elsewhere. During the cascade process applicants will be permitted 48 hours to accept or reject the offer of a programme on Oriel. After the third cascade of offers HEE WM AFP AUoA will have four days (8th – 11th February 2021) to offer any remaining unfilled places to applicants still on the reserve list who have not already accepted an offer elsewhere. Applicants will be contacted by e-mail. Applicants will then have a limited amount of time to accept or decline the offer.






Page Updated: August 2020