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Foundation Programme

Welcome to the Foundation Programme page. If you are reading this then congratulations is in order as you have nearly made it to the end of medical school! The UK Foundation Programme is a two year training programme which builds on the knowledge and skills you learn in medical school and prepares you for specialist/general practice training. The Foundation Programme aims to provide a broad experience with opportunities to get involved in a variety of specialties.

Foundation Year 1

Foundation year 1 (F1) enables junior doctors to consolidate their knowledge and skills under the supervision of experienced medical practitioners. At the end of a satisfactory F1 year,  the GMC will grant full registration based on the recommendation of the appropriate body (university or designated representative).

Foundation Year 2

Foundation year 2 (F2) doctors take on increasing responsibility for patient care but remain under supervision. F2 doctors should begin to make management decisions as part of their continued professional development, progressing towards independent practice. A vital aspect is to further medical education for F1 doctors, medical students and allied healthcare professionals. Key competencies that should have been achieved by the end of the Foundation Programme include clinical effectiveness, leadership and decision making. A Foundation Achievement of Competence Document (FACD) is awarded upon successful completion of the Foundation Programme and indicates that the doctor is ready to enter higher medical training.


Visit our partner, Foundation Schools Chooser for further information.

Visit the official Foundation Programme website by clicking here!