How to apply

Recruitment to the Foundation Programme is through fair and open competitive selection processes for UK and non UK medical graduates via the national website.

For current information on the 2020-21 national recruitment process please visit the Foundation Programme website.

How many posts are available in the Wales Foundation School?

Within the Wales Foundation School there will be 351 available posts commencing August 2020.  This includes 12 academic posts, 9 priority programmes and 330 standard foundation posts.

Where can I see a list of available F1 posts for 2020-21?

Please see Academic Programmes and Standard FP Programmes.

Where can I see information on academic recruitment in Wales 2020-21?

 Please see Academic Recruitment webpages.

Where can I find out further information about the Foundation Priority Programmes available in the Wales Foundation School?

There will be 9 priority programmes in the Wales Foundation School and these will be based in Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth.

The posts include a teaching commitment in the clinical setting, equivalent to a session per week during term time. Students on the C21 course at the School of Medicine, Cardiff have the opportunity to undertake the year-long Community and Rural Education Route (CARER) programme in Mid Wales and the Foundation Priority Programme post holders will participate in this teaching. The School of Medicine will provide a ‘Teach the Teacher’ course and on-going mentoring, along with the Foundation School. Free accommodation is provided for F1 doctors, as with elsewhere in Wales and post holders will participate in the F2 matching scheme during the year, to determine the rotation and location for the second year of the Foundation Programme (Wales has an unpaired programme).

Where can I find further information about Right to Work in the United Kingdom (UK)?

Please click here for information published by the UKFPO.

Where can I find information about the academic appeals process?

The appeals process can be found here.

How are posts and programmes allocated within the Wales Foundation School?

Applicants are allocated based on their scores during the national application process and expressed order of preference of programme. The Wales Foundation School allocates all foundation doctors to a 2 year programme, however, you will only be allocated your first year posts prior to the start of the Foundation Programme.

Applicants will not be asked to attend an interview. Programmes are matched to applicants via an auto-match facility which works through the list of applicants in order of score (high to low) matching them to the highest ranked programme in their preferences that still has a place remaining. Applicants on the same score are selected randomly. Applicants will be provided with information on which score band they are in, in order to assist them when ranking their posts.

Applicants will be matched to F2 programmes approximately 5 months after the start of the F1 year, allowing the F1 doctor to make an informed decision regarding their choice of F2 job. For more information see the Matching to Year 2 section below.

I have been allocated to the Wales Foundation School, what happens next?

You will receive an email from the Wales Foundation School after 12 noon on Thursday 12th March 2020.  A copy of the email will be available to download here, and a graph of our 2020 applicant scores is here.

A table providing a breakdown of minimum applicant scores, for 2017/18 and 2018/19, by healthboard and hospital can be found here. Please note that there has been an adjustment to the healthboard boundaries in Wales and therefore the previous schemes may not cover the listed hospitals for 2020.  

Where can i find out further information about the hosptials and local healthboards?

Please click here for further information.

I am a standalone applicant requring a TIER 2 VISA, how do I apply?

Please click here for further information.


The timeline for matching applicants to programmes in the Wales Foundation School is as follows:

  • Thursday 12th March 2020- Primary list applicants informed of allocation to Foundation School
  • Thursday 12th March 2020 -  FS inform allocated applicants of the process and deadline for selecting programmes preferences
  • Tuesday 31st March 2020, 12 noon - Deadline for applicants to Wales on FP primary list to select their programme preferences on ORIEL
  • Thursday 9th April 2020- Primary list applicants notified which programme they have been allocated.
  • From April 2020 - Reserve list applicants will be allocated to any vacancies arisen since the last allocation. 

IMPORTANT:  Deadline Information

The deadline for submitting your programmes preferences is 12 noon on Tuesday 31st March 2020.  No late applications will be accepted.

If you do not submit your programme preferences by the deadline, you will be randomly allocated to any posts that remain once the matching process has been completed. If you do not rank all the programmes and are not matched to one of the preferences you have stated, you will be randomly matched to any programmes available once the process has been completed for all other applicants.

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