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Foundation Programme Recruitment 2019-2021

2018 - 2020 How to Apply | Dates for the Diary | Useful Information

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UPDATE - Oxford Foundation School Welcome Event - 15 March 2019

The Oxford Foundation School will be running their first Welcome Event for incoming F1's, for more information please see the Welcome event page.

Recruitment to two year foundation programmes in the UK is a national online process. Details of the application process are available on the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO) website at:

This year, Oxford have 216 Foundation Year 1 vacancies. 

Successful applicants will be allocated to a two year Foundation Programme within the following acute trusts:


2019-2021 Rotation Grid now available - UPDATED

Oxford Foundation Rotation Grid - 2019-2021

The list of available programmes are available to download now. Many students find it easier to review the programmes in this format, rather than via the Oriel website. 

Please note that if a placement does not have details of the exact location (e.g. hospital name) this is because we have not been informed yet.

Please be advised all 2019 programmes are subject to change in relation to placement order, specialty, length, banding, site, and Trust due to the changing needs of the hospitals.

At the group/Trust ranking stage, the options link only to the F1 Trust, the majority of programmes within the Oxford Foundation School involve trainees rotating to a different Trust for F2.

Reserve List Applicants

Oxford Foundation School will not be holding interviews for reserve list applicants who are allocated to vacancies. Applicants who are allocated to Oxford will be matched to vacant posts by score and preference.

  • Applicants will be asked to rank vacancies as they occur in each batch allocation. 
  • The Foundation School will then match applicants to their preferences based on score order.
  • Where two or more applicants have the same score, a random allocation will take place.


Linking Applications

It is possible to link your application to that of another person in order to be allocated to the same Foundation School. The link is honoured only as far as the Foundation School and does not include a link to the same Trust or programme. This needs to be specified on the UKFPO application.


Dates for the Diary - UPDATED

  • 25 June - 8 August 2018 - National eligibility checking period.
  • 24 September 2018 - Applicants can register on Oriel and view programmes.
  • 1 - 12 October 2018 - Applicants complete the online application form.
  • 7 December 2018 - 1st SJT Date.
  • 7 January 2018 - 2nd SJT Date.
  • 7 March 2019 - Application results available. Applicants are informed of their allocation to a Foundation School.
  • 8 March 2019 (12:00 noon) – 19 March 2019 (12.00 noon)  - Applicants allocated to Oxford rank online Group Sub-preferences
  • 15 March 2019 - Oxford Foundation School Welcome Event
  • 20 March (12:00 noon) - 1 April (12:00 noon) - Applicants allocated to Oxford to have ranked all programmes in order of preference.
  • 4 April 2019 - Applicants are informed of match to programme result (rotation and employing Trust(s)).


Other Useful Information

Statistics for Previous Intakes:   


Useful Links

The following information and guidance can be downloaded from the UKFPO website. It can be found in the Resource Bank section of the website.

  • FP 2018 Applicants Handbook
  • FP 2018 Person Specification
  • FP 2018 Eligibility Information
  • FP 2018 Special Circumstances guidance & application form
  • Tier four Visa information


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Last updated 13/03/2018

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