Applying for foundation training

This page introduces you to Foundation training, provides details of the application process, including the Situational Judgement Test (SJT), and advice on choosing your Foundation school. You can also find out about the Academic Foundation Programme.

After completing your undergraduate medical degree, the next part of your training as a doctor involves the two year Foundation Training programme. This is in effect your first paid job as a doctor.

The training comprises foundation year one (FYI) and foundation year two (FY2). After successful completion of FYI you will be able to apply for full registration with the GMC.

The foundation programme usually involves six different rotations or placements in medical or surgical specialties. These rotations enable you to practise and gain competence in basic clinical skills. You’ll also be able to develop non-clinical skills such as communication and team work whilst gaining experience in a number of specialty areas.


How do I apply for Foundation Training?

What is the Situational Judgement Test (SJT)?

This is a multiple choice exam to assess your professional judgement. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) website has more details, exam dates and information on how to apply. You can use Good Medical Practice in Action scenarios to test your knowledge of ethics and good medical practice, to prepare for the SJT.

What is the structure and content of Foundation Training?

Comprehensive details can be found on The Foundation Programme website and at BMA Foundation Programme FAQS.

Find out more about the foundation programme.

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