Foundation Recruitment 2020


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.



30 Sept 2019


Application period opens for eligible applicants

11 Oct 2019


Application period closes
Special Circumstances - application period closes

6 Dec 2019


1st SJT

6 Jan 2020


2nd SJT

12 Mar 2020


Applicants informed of allocation to Foundation School

12 Mar 2020 - 13 Mar 2020 


Applicants informed of process for preferencing programmes 

16 Mar 2020 - 16 Apr 2020


Request for applicant references via online system




9 Apr 2020


Applicants informed of match to programme result

July/August 2020


Pre-employment shadowing





Page Updated:  August 2019