About Your Programme


What is Foundation Training?

Foundation Training is a 2 year programme designed to act as a bridge between medical school and specialty training. It creates the opportunity to gain experience working in a number of different specialties and was introduced in 2005 to replace the Pre-Registration House Officer (PRHO) year.

The training is supported by a curriculum which describes the domains and progress required to satisfactorily complete each stage.

  • The first year (F1) is required for all UK graduates and some others (as determined by the General Medical Council (GMC)).
  • Successful completion results in progression from provisional to full registration.
  • In the second year there is a focus on consolidating and developing F1 competencies but with a greater emphasis on training in the assessment and management of the acutely ill patient irrespective of the clinical setting.


Your F1 year will:

  • Confirm that you can put in to practice as a doctor the knowledge, skills and attitudes you learnt as a student (as outlined in The New Doctor)
  • Provide you with a safe environment in which to learn new knowledge and skills at the same time as encouraging your professional development.

Your F2 year will:

  • Increase your knowledge and skills as you will experience different specialties
  • Give you the opportunity to try out specialties you may be interested in pursuing as a career with taster days


How to Apply

For details of how to apply, please see our Recruitment and Retention section.